There have perhaps been weirder collaborations but former UN Ambassador Andrew Young and rapper T.I. have hooked up so that the world can see what's going on in T.I.'s world as he tries to reinvent his image following his 2007 arrest on gun charges.
The hour-long film is called "Walkin With Guns" and is part of Young's "Andre Youn Presents" series. It includes exclusive footage of T.I visiting hospitals treating victims of gang violence, and the rapper warning teens about the dangers of being strapped. The film premiered Sunday in Atlanta.
"Violence would still be around without guns," T.I. said to over 400 attendees during a question-and-answer session after Sunday's screening. "But there would be an increased value of life."
Young, 76, hooked up with the 28-year-old Grammy winner he had been mentoring earlier this year. T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, pled quility to multiple gun charges last year and was put on house arrest and required to spend time warning youth about the dangers of getting involved with guns, gangs and drugs.
"Some of my colleagues are disappointed with me taking this young man in," Young said of T.I. "But sometimes us old folks have to shut up and listen to the young folks to understand where they are coming from."
Hopefully T.I. has learned his lesson. Do you think so?