Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr - better known as
T.I. ; Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
How’s it going, music fans, Friday has finally come around but before we head out for a great weekend, how about talking some Creed? No, not that kind, I’m talking about the band, but more specifically, a certain beleaguered frontman of said band.
During a recent sit down on VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live,” Creed frontman Scott Stapp shared a pretty interesting story that sounds more like it was taken from the pages of The Heroin Diaries than that of the life of the spiritual singer.
Long story short – turns out that rapper T.I. saved Stapp’s life after a drug induced suicide attempt. Pretty interesting stuff, right?
Stapp revealed that the incident began when he checked into a penthouse of Miami's Delano Hotel in order to partake in a pretty heavy all-out drug binge. After days of staying awake, Stapp began hearing voices in his head, became very incoherent and even started thinking that his all white hotel room was actually that of an asylum – one which he felt he had to break out of, immediately.
So, what’s a ‘kind of’ Christian rock star to do in this situation? Jump off the balcony, of course. And that he did, falling 40 feet to the ground, fracturing his skull along with breaking his hip and nose. And worst of all, he could no longer move.
"I laid out there for two and a half hours and my guardian angel showed up — rapper T.I.," Stapp said. "He immediately took care of the situation and saved my life."
Interestingly enough, this was not the first time the odd couple of Stapp and T.I. had met. "I had met T.I. back in 2004, we were both writing songs for The Passion of The Christ: Songs Inspired By soundtrack and we had briefly interacted there and knew what each looked like," he said. "We'd talked about being fans of Alabama. It's ironic — he walked in, and I found out later it was the only room left in the hotel and he came in off the street and came out, and as I'm laying on the ledge, blood fell to [T.I.'s] feet and he looked up and he had an Alabama hat on. I said, 'roll tide,' and then he looked at me and put two and two together and really saved my life."
Funny how we hear more of T.I.’s run ins with the law more than his heroic efforts – and this isn’t even the first time the in-jail outta-jail rapper has saved someone’s life. Back in 2010 on his way to a music video shoot, he actually talked a suicidal Atlanta man from jumping off a 22-story building.
How exactly did he get him down? T.I. used what he’s best at – some real life lyrical persuasion: "Nothing is that bad,” T.I. was heard telling the man in video footage of the incident. “Nothing in life is worth taking your life. I'm here to help you. Please come down to talk to me."
Good man that T.I. – if only he got a bit more recognition for it.