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T.I.

T.I.

Date: Apr 20 2009

Themes: Music, News

Grammar: Simple Present Tense

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It’s one thing to write songs about being in prison. Plenty of rappers do that. But only a lucky few actually get to experience the real thing. Now T.I. is one of them. He was recently sentenced to one year in prison for owning illegal weapons.

Now T.I. is using his last few weeks of freedom to help some troubled teeangers turn their lives around with a new reality show called T.I.’s Road to Redemption. But can T.I. turn his own life around before it’s too late? Find out what Marni and Ella think.

Dialog

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Ella

Ella

Marni

Marni

Ella:  Marni, I’m so sad! T.I.’s going to jail.

Marni:  Oh, yeah. For a weapons purchasing?

Ella:  Yeah, he was trying to buy automatic weapons . You know, it’s a rapper thing to do!

Marni:  Yeah, I mean isn’t that like the standard issue? You’re a rapper, you need to buy automatic weapons.

Ella:  Yeah, but he’s gonna be there for I think less than a year, so he’ll be out, but…MTV’s been doing this big follow-up. It’s called T.I.’s Road to Redemption, this TV show.

Marni:  Yeah, he’s helping at-risk youth.

Ella:  Yeah, each show is a little…different kid who’s kind of living in the streets, in the hood, and he’s trying to show them the better life, you know, and then the worse life. He takes one kid to the mortuary and shows him a gangbanger that got beat up and killed, just to show them this is what could happen. But then he rewards them, like takes them to an awards show in one and helps pay for school in another.

Marni:  He’s doing some good then with his…

Ella:  Yeah, he’s doing lots of good.

Marni:  Well I think it’s interesting. He’ll pay his dues to society and then…I’m glad that he’s already sort of on the road to redemption.

Ella:  Can’t wait for him to come back to the rap scene.

Marni:  Yeah. He will be missed.

 

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Discussion

Ella is sad because T.I. is going to jail for possessing illegal weapons. Lots of rappers talk about owning weapons, so it’s a little surprising to hear about one actually getting arrested for it. Many people see guns, violence, and jail as part of the rapper image.

Now T.I. has a TV show in which he tries to help at-risk kids by showing them what might happen to them if they don’t behave better. He also shows them how good their lives could be if they become better citizens. Ella believes that T.I. is on the road to redemption himself.

Do you believe that T.I. will keep getting in trouble with the law? Is it really possible for people to turn their lives around?

 

Comments

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jerry bourne

China

who is TI?!:[Sorry too!i don’t know who the hell is he?

12:18 PM Aug 01 2011 |

jerry bourne

China

who is TI?!:[Sorry too!i don’t know who the hell is he?

12:17 PM Aug 01 2011 |

nguyenqn

nguyenqn

Viet Nam

The lesson so hard for me….

05:27 PM Aug 09 2009 |

rabbitcyg

rabbitcyg

China

Sorry to hear this bad news,his songs is wonderful,wish him the best wishes!

10:26 AM Apr 25 2009 |

salley999

salley999

China

about him ,i want to say"sorry". good luck for him.

05:19 AM Apr 25 2009 |

Ca_Brazil

Ca_Brazil

Brazil

So this is up to him but its kinda dumb if he gets into trouble again cause now he`s showing to the youth whats is the road to redemption. I do think anyone can turn his/her life around, while there is life, there is hope.

10:55 PM Apr 24 2009 |

zoebaby

zoebaby

China

it's bummed to hear that TI gonna be in jail…i listened to his songs recently,and i like…good luck for you…

 

12:23 PM Apr 24 2009 |

miyacomeon

miyacomeon

China

im really crazy about T.I xxx

12:01 PM Apr 24 2009 |

Token

Afghanistan

Andreas er kul.

10:50 AM Apr 24 2009 |

maraii

Reunion

Ringen is small and weak

10:47 AM Apr 24 2009 |

maraii

Reunion

hello andrè is rar.

10:46 AM Apr 24 2009 |

siva456

India

i need some phrase words…..

 

09:21 AM Apr 23 2009 |

sleep like a log

China

i didn`t want to be in his skin!

yes !i don`t understand!please tell me the means!

12:55 AM Apr 23 2009 |

sleep like a log

China

what are you means?

12:53 AM Apr 23 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I don’t know this rapper,but he is in trouble! hehe

03:43 PM Apr 22 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Yeah…Possessing illegal weapons is a serious case! I didn't want to be in his skin! hehe

03:42 PM Apr 22 2009 |

yingadam

yingadam

Thailand

i  love T.I

he's cool

07:32 AM Apr 22 2009 |

annieanna

annieanna

China

 

we should  have a right attitude to our lives !!

04:20 AM Apr 22 2009 |

joaco

joaco

Argentina

please no weapons!! lets make love, not war.

08:27 PM Apr 21 2009 |

Athan

Athan

China

Though I know nothing about T.I.,but from all the good that he's doing,I think he's on his road to redemption.Everyone makes mistakes in his life,so we should not just deny them when they just made some mistakes,on the opposite we should give him a chance to change.It's definitely possible for people to turn their lives around,even drug abuser can get rid of cocaine,so nothing is impossible if we really want to change ourselves from deep of our heart.

02:47 PM Apr 21 2009 |

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