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Rapper T.I. Arrested in Atlanta

10/13/2007 6:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rapper T.I., whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., was arrested this afternoon in Atlanta. The ATF executed a search warrant at his home, and according to Atlanta's FOX 5 News, T.I., remains in custody.

The agencies at the scene of the federal search warrant include: The ATF, U.S. Marshals: Fugitive Task Force, Fulton County SWAT, Fulton County PD, Dekalb County PD, and the ATF/Atlanta PD Violent Crime Impact Team.

The U.S. Attorney's office will neither confirm nor deny anything about the investigation.

T.I. currently has a number of projects, including a movie with Denzel Washington set for November release, and he was slated to perform at tonight's BET Hip-Hop Awards, scheduled to air October 17. The rapper has nine nominations, more than any other artist at the event.

TMZ contacted T.I.'s rep, who had no statement at the time.

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91.

Stereotype    

My people, you don't have to beg for forgiveness, understanding, not to mention fairness from these nazty azz racist they've known for their whole lives that their the actual low lives.
Have you ever noticed how all of the outspoken racist that we hear from are unintelligent
degenerate social outcasts? it's no irony. I have always taken note of that as well as the fact that there are good, smart and rational people and terrible ignorant and uneducated individuals from all races.Usually it's the ignorant ones that beg for attention by making comments that only illustrate their ignorance and for us to waste our time trying to rationalize
with them makes us look ignorant as well just keep in mind that most of their comments are driven by pure jealousy and if People like T.I. and Denzel didn't have talent then they wouldn't be millionaires not to mention these type of racist idiots who apparently came from under a rock somewhere surely wouldn't even know anything about them.

2477 days ago
92.

Stereotype    

Another thing that's interesting as hell is that it seems that no matter what kinda dumb azz stunts spears or lohan commit like cocaine possession, hit and run, DUI, Child endangerment ETC, you'll always hear whites saying things like "Let's see that she gets help" or "She's just going through a phase" but are never heard bashing pop music as a whole. This is strange to me especially when whorish drug addicted role models like these mainly impact their own children. I guess in time a new generation of drug addicted whores will appear and pick up where these left off then the ones that spent soo much time demeaning black entrepreneurs will realize maybe they should have been monitoring their own!

2477 days ago
93.

manifestreign    

seems like once a afam male reaches the public eye via the media that this type of thing happens...conspiricy? one never knows...do one?

ps regarding the haters with a thinly veiled racist agenda at least be honest with your misguided selves...don't say "oh...that's not why i hate this one or that" just say "i wish i could do something that someone would even bother to talk about".

ha ha....

2477 days ago
94.

Mike Laurey    

i was right there when ti n yung dro got arrested by atf on piedmont n north ave at the publix parking lot next to walgreens... atf swarmed n like bees on honey... it was crazy... i got pictures... no press ... busta rhymes n young jeezy was there within mins to see what was going on... they wasnt playin .. i was ten feet away and there was only one other person there that had a camera... u should see his pics soon... it was crazzy!!!! ATF aint playin... machine guns n u cant find someone to get them for you but some ATF agents.... ha ha u should stick to rappin.... n take shootin lesson 4 a simple 45! -stupid move....

2477 days ago
95.

Dog is a racist mutt!    

Sure, we don't know everything about this case yet, but it's probably certain that the sheer amount of agencies involved means that it is gonna get rough for TI. But if you are talking about machine guns, well that kind of erases any good things he may have done in his life! Good people just don't go down for weapons charges like that. I thought the guy had some catchy tunes, but even if it was some white icon like Justin Timberlake ( yuck!), I would say that if he was guilty of the same charges, then send him off to get his higher degree in 'criminology' from Stripey Hole U.! But even I do have a nagging feeling that if it was JT and not TI in this mess, JT would do a lot LESS time and THAT'S messed up! Machine guns=dirt bag=jail! Maybe Brit will get jealous of the sudden lack of attention and pick up a nice gold plated Mac 10 and go to town! Run paps, run!

2477 days ago
96.

Stereotype    

Very true.

2477 days ago
97.

Stereotype    

"Denzel while we are at it is a bit of a hack - Oscar only because of Juliet Roberts, Taos."

Never heard of her, but hollywood sure seems to love denzel.

2477 days ago
98.

Robert    

When are we as a society going to stop giving awards to entertainers who glorify crime, murder, and drug dealing, and also continue to break the law themselves?

This idiot can record his future rap albums from the prison phones, and have his future video shoots in the inmate visiting room for all I care. He'll probably sell even more albums this way, considering how lowbrow and base the hip hop culture has become.

2476 days ago
99.

www.sugar-shoes.co.uk    

HA HA! when keeping it real goes wrong...

2476 days ago
100.

www.MYSPACE.COM/MIDZZ420    

Well thats no good.Its like they waited right before the awards to arrest him.

2476 days ago
101.

Leela    

Poster #109 MattyK, I don't care who you had in your crosshairs, that was a great comment.

2476 days ago
102.

shark    

To all of you who posted negative comments yall need to chill. Do you even know this manor what he has done for his community. Well I do. Until you get the facts,shut the hell up. I think you people just sit around waiting for negative things to happen bcause you are all so damn miserable!!!

2476 days ago
103.

Valencia    

He's innocent until proven guilty. I don't think he will be found guilty. He's not only a rapper. He happens to be a pretty good actor. He's done very good things for his community in Atlanta. Now as for Ms. Kelis, well I've heard she has attitude anyway. Most of us women do! I just hope it works out for both of them.

2476 days ago
104.

Alecia Johnson    

IT' S FUNNY HOW EVERTIME SOMEONE BLACK IS IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOR SOMETHING NEGATIVE EVERYBODY GO SOMETHING TO SAY BUT WHEN THEY ARE IN THEIR COMMUNITY DOING WHAT SOME OF THESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE GETTING PAID TO DO NOBODY HAS ANYTHING POSITIVE TO SAY YOU GUYS ARE MAKING ALL THESE JUDGEMENTAL COMMENTS AND DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT'S REAL. REMEMBER IF THEM PEOPLE WANT YOU BAD ENOUGH THEY KNOW HOW TO GET YOU. IF IT WAS ONE OF THESE WHITE ENTERTAINERS YOU'D BE TRYING TO JUSTIFY SOMETHING, AND THAT'S REAL.

2476 days ago
105.

QUEEN HARRIS    

just chill with all that negative comment crap he do for the community what ya'll do nothing but criticize t.i.

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