T.I. Says Pastor Attempted To Extort Him After Kanye West’s Sunday Service

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - AUGUST 22:   Rapper T.I. attends 2019 Inaugural SnoBall A Black Tie Affair at Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead on August 22, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/WireImage)

T.I. Says Pastor Attempted To Extort Him After Kanye West’s Sunday Service

“It’s like they rung the red bell at the players club.”

Published September 25th

Written by Danielle Ransom

Kanye West’s weekly Sunday Service made its way to Atlanta this past Sunday (Sept. 22) at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. The city’s hip-hop luminaries rolled out the red carpet for the event and things went off without a hitch—for the most part. Unfortunately, one moment from the event quickly went viral for the wrong reasons. 

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  1. A photograph of T.I. and his wife, Tiny, seated next to 2 Chainz and his wife, Kesha Ward, in the front row, made its rounds online. In the picture, T.I. has a noticeably stank look on his face, which caught the attention of social media.

    He later acknowledged the look on Instagram, and then spilled the details behind it on his podcast, "Expeditiously." 

  2. 'Yeahhh Maaaan. We MUST discuss what caused this look on my face in Sunday Service,' Tip captioned the post
  3. As promised, he later delved into exactly what happened that elicited such a strong response on his podcast. Joined by Killer Mike, who also attended Ye’s Atlanta service, T.I. recalled arriving at the service just after the offering had been collected. T.I., Tiny, 2 Chainz, and his wife were seated in the front row, which T.I. says he immediately found suspicious. Then, the pastor, identified as celebrity pastor Jamal Bryant, came back out and asked for another round of offering, calling on 20 people to each donate $1,000. 

     

  4. 'When we sat down there was a whole new agenda. It was like they rung the red bell at the Player’s Club,' T.I. joked

    He added, "It’s not that I have a thing against pastors or against preachers, so to speak. It’s just that I've been raised in the trenches, and I was taught to peep game. You ain’t finna run no game on me. I will not be extorted.”

     

  5. Upon learning of Tip’s comments, Bryant addressed the criticism in a lengthy Instagram post

     “To have both of you in church was meaningful for many reasons,” he began before listing off good deeds his church has done. 

    He continued: “This is the largest demographic of Blacks who don’t buy into organized religion in our history and in large measure because of reasons you have illuminated... There was no money grab intention but part of an internal strategy to mobilize our church community to move towards economic independence... I want to invite you to come and give church another chance. I promise you I’m more interested in your life than your life savings!” 

  6. Rectifying that he meant no harm with his words...

    ...T.I. responded in Bryant’s comments that he has nothing but "love and respect" for the pastor. He further expressed that he would be down for another meeting with the spiritual leader, just “maybe [at] another venue.” 

    Read Pastor Bryant’s response in full below. 

     

     

     

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    To my comrades @troubleman31 & @killermike let me first say I appreciate your unwavering commitment to the empowerment of this generation. We have echoed the same sentiments on many issues down through the years and was energized by the partnership. I was awakened to your clip this morning and felt compelled to lend context. To have both of you in church was meaningful for many reasons. This is the largest demographic of blacks who don’t buy into organized religion in our history and in large measure because of reasons you have illuminated. To not give redress would be an assault to the body of Christ when I believe I am an ambassador as the two of you are for your field. I don’t want Sunday to be used as further ammunition as to why people don’t go to church without them knowing at this same church we gave 5000 pairs of new back to school shoes to kids of #Atlanta, or that we spearheaded 9 million campaign to support @bennett_college , or that we bailed out nonviolent offenders or that we partnered with @delta to send 4 cargo to #Bahamas for hurricane release or that we’ve partnered with @_hamptonu to place 95 displaced students or that we fed the furloughed workers for two weeks while the government was shut down or that we went into housing projects to feed kids of #dekalb county during spring break. For none of these projects were you solicited for a donation.The reality is when I came to @newbirthmbc 9 months ago I was met with a 30 million dollar debt that must be paid so that we can be free to do real community development like affordable housing ,entrepreneur work space and medical clinics. I’ve been teaching on self help which are values you both promote. @bishophilliard was invited months ago with no knowledge #kanyewest was coming or either of you. So there was NO money grab intention but part of an internal strategy to mobilize our church community to move towards economic independence. As black men I hope we can come together “expeditiously” to find common ground to build. I want to invite both of you to come and give church another chance. I promise you I’m more interested in your life than your life savings! #runthejewels #bigthingspoppin

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