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T.I. Felt Exploited By Kayne’s Sunday Church Service In Atlanta

As many of you may know, Kanye West has been having Sunday church services around the world, remaking classic R&B songs into “gospel” or “worship” music for the congregation. Recently, rapper T.I. and his wife Tiny attended Kanye’s Atlanta service, and from the looks of things, T.I. was utterly disgusted!

T.I. posted a picture of his wife Tiny, himself, 2 Chainz and his wife, Kesha Ward, who were sitting front row of Kanye’s service in Atlanta, with a look of disgust on his face.

“I cut my fellow-shipping short at Magic City to get 45 minutes of sleep to drive by here and be accosted and basically exploited,” T.I. told Killer Mike. “As soon as I sat down (mind you, I’m telling you they had already raised the offering) when we sat down there was a whole new agenda… It’s like they rung the red bell at the Player’s Club… You ain’t (about to) run no game on me. I will not be extorted.” ~ T.I.

The pastor of the church (Pastor Jamal Bryant) heard about T.I’s concerns and posted a rather lengthy response to the rapper.

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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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T.I. responded to the pastor and told him that he had nothing but love and respect for the pastor and he would be open to meeting up somewhere down the line.

It’s sad, but this is one of the main reasons why people are starting to feel a certain type of way about churches nowadays. The pastors live a glamorous life, but the members of the congregation are still struggling to make ends meet. I have been to churches that have collected the offering three and four times, even sent the offering plate back around and told the people “they could do better than that.” Church leaders, you guys have to do better.

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