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Fresh Off 20 Best Rap Songs Honor, Rapper TI Becomes a Hero

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Fresh off of making howiGit’s list of The 20 Best Rap Songs of All-Time (which he considers more significant than any Grammy), TI became an American hero yesterday when he “arrived out of nowhere” and talked a man out of jumping off a 22-story Atlanta hotel building. TI was leaving his house as he heard of the potential jumper on the radio, and promptly drove to the scene where he told police that he was willing to offer his assistance. The jumper was informed that TI was there to talk to him, and TI delivered the inspirational message, “Life ain’t that bad.” The man was later taken into a local hospital for a psychological evaluation.

TI’s heroics come shortly after he was arrested on drug charges last month, when he was pulled over with his wife in Hollywood driving a car that smelled of marijuana and supposedly contained ecstasy.  These charges are a breach of TI’s probation, a result of gun charges that led to him spending 9 months in prison and 3 months in a halfway house last year. His probation revocation hearing is to be held this Friday — one can’t help but wonder if his heroic act will help get him a lesser sentence, as his MTV show, TI’s Road to Redemption did last year.

The rapper’s new album King Uncaged was slated for a September 28 release, but has been pushed back due to his legal troubles.

Hear what TI has to say about his rescue here.

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8 Reactions to MTV’s VMAs

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So I probably haven’t sat down and watched MTV’s Video Music Awards in full since the 8th grade, but last night I settled in for the long haul. The absurdity that followed was to be expected, but here are my reactions nonetheless. 

1) What the hell was Rihanna wearing? She needs to be less of a Lady Gaga and more of a sexier Alicia Keys. When you’re that hot, you don’t need to be weird.

2) Whether you like Eminem or not, he’s a great performer. He sounds exactly the same live as he does on his albums.

3) Usher can sure dance. I bet Puffy was sitting in the audience all crunked thinking yea I’m responsible for that too.

4) Chelsea whatever-her-name-is cracked a joke about TI not being able to attend the ceremony. TI and his wife were arrested last week, and the cops said that the car smelled like weed. Upon further searching of the car, they also found what they beleive to be ecstacy. The pills are being tested. TI got out of jail 5 months ago. Come on man.

5) “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine — guilty pleasure or do I am just subconciously dying to see Eat, Pray, Love?

6) The World of Jenks = stupid. Very stupid.

7) Lady Gaga wore meat? What?

8)Kanye’s performance was good and certainly showed his star power, but the chorus to that song is questionable.

Thoughts?

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Outta Jail, TI is Straight Hustlin’

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Today I wanted to send a shout out to my boy TI, the king of the south. Straight off of 7 months in prison, TI has stayed true to his roots since his release. With his swag in full effect, TI’s recent hustling has included:

A) Writing and recording his next album, King Uncaged, which is easily howiGit’s most anticipated album this year. The album is due to be released September 28th, and will feature at least one collaboration with Kanye West. The pair recently recorded 6 tracks together in Hawaii.

B) Starring in and acting as executive producer in Takers, the first film produced by TI’s Grand Hustle label.

C) Launching his new Akoo clothing line. You can’t feel fly without it.

I’m interested to hear the tone of the new album. Is he going to go for the introspective gangster out of jail album, or his trademark party anthems? I’ll let you know with a full review when the album is released.

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Can Tiger Woods Get His Groove Back?

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The 2010 World Golf Championships Bridgestone tournament starts today at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio — with Tiger Woods in the field. Tiger has won this tournament more than any other — he has an astonishing seven wins in this event. And, in the ten starts Tiger has had in this event, when he hasn’t won he has finished T2, 4, and T4. The man flat-out owns this tournament.

But get this — Tiger is 79th on the PGA Tour money list this year. That’s almost laughable. He hasn’t won a single tournament, has a 71.2 scoring average, and only has 2 top tens. In other words, Tiger Woods has sucked this year.

As I wrote this headline, I had an epiphany of sorts — “groove” really refers more to Tiger’s swing, finding the elusive on-plane slot in the swing, and the technical aspects of Tiger’s golf game. He hasn’t done that yet, but he’ll get there. He’s not far off. But what Tiger really needs back is his “swag” — it seems to have all but disappeared.

So what exactly is “swag?” Is it quantifiable?

Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines “swagger” as: “Conducting oneself in an arrogant or superciliously pompous manner; especially : to walk with an air of overbearing self-confidence.”

Moving on to a slightly more credible source, Urban dictionary defines “swag” as: “The way in which you carry yourself. Swag is made up of your overall confidence, style, and demeanor. Swag can also be expanded to be the reputation of your overall swagger. You gain swag, or “Swag up”, by performing swag worthy actions that improve this perception. A person can also “swag down,” by being an overall pussy and garnering negative swag for their actions. Swag is a subtle thing that many strive to gain but few actually attain. It is reserved for the most swagalicious of people. Swag can also be quantified, with point systems existing in some circles of friends.”

“I got with two girls last night”
“Awesome dude, that’s some swag”
“I think one of them was my sister though…”
“Negative swag”

I personally like to credit rapper TI with introducing me to “swag” — he drops the word about 100 times on his Paper Trail album. The moral of the “swag” story is this — Tiger used to have it, but he no longer does. It’s evident in his interviews, it’s evident in his on-course body language. Tiger used to literally win tournaments just by walking into locker rooms. Other players would psych themselves out, and Tiger would cruise to victory. This is well documented, with big name players such as Ernie Els admitting that they fell victim to Tiger’s swag. In retrospect, maybe Tiger’s swag didn’t have much to do with his golf game. Maybe it came from his millions of dollars, his Swedish bikini model wife, and his onslaught of other sexual conquests.

Whatever its source, Tiger needs to find a way to get his swag back. He simply is not intimidating players as he was before. So how does he do that? I’m not sure if he can, but getting back in the winner’s circle this week would sure help.

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