Skip to content

T.I. responds to damaging funeral rumors

Photo Credit: T.I.'s Instagram (@troubleman31)

Photo credit: T.I.’s Instagram (@troubleman31)

Rapper T.I. may be one of the one of the savviest businessmen in hip-hop, but the rap legend has also become known as one of the most charitable figures in the music industry. However, that reputation was nearly destroyed recently when rumors began floating around the Web that T.I. wanted to charge a family tens of thousands to show up at a young boy’s funeral. Now, Tip has finally decided to speak out on the rumors and is saying they’re ridiculous.

According to media reports, the drama all started when a website claimed that a 12-year-old boy named JaJuan Latham was shot and killed Saturday night in Knoxville, Tennessee, in a shooting between three local gangs. Latham was reportedly sitting in his father’s SUV during a cookout at a local park when someone started shooting. Latham was caught in the crossfire and was rushed to a local hospital, but died from his injuries.

Reports claim that Latham was a big fan of T.I. and that his nickname was even “TIP” because of his admiration for the rapper. Sources say that his family requested that the ATL rap mogul appear at the boy’s funeral to honor him and pay his respects. Tip allegedly agreed to show up to Latham’s funeral, but sources claim that the rapper asked that the family pay him $40K for an appearance fee.

However, after the reports hit the Web, Tip decided to respond via his Instagram page and he slammed the reports, saying that he’d never charge anyone to appear at a funeral, especially not one for a young kid.T.I. - JaJuan Latham Insta Response

“#LIES ain’t nobody contacted me for no such thing. Let alone me charge someone to attend a funeral. What people should do is be aware of who they’re contacting & not believe every Tom Dick & Hank who says they’re connected. BUT I’d appreciate it if y’all could quit wit da…. I been in dis game too long … Check my resume’ I’ve payed for funerals & sent kids to college… Charging 40k to attend a funeral ain’t even in my repertoire…. #KnockItOFF,” Tip captioned the screenshot.

Well, there you have it, folks.


  1. Sherri Etienne on April 19, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Yeah, that’s definitely not even TI’s nature… Laughable! Who comes up with this stuff?

    • VLF on April 20, 2016 at 7:28 am

      I agree. Nowadays its easy for anyone online to prey on a family and their grief. TI’s response seems valid to me. Some con artist using social media and his name to get paid.

  2. cupcake333 on April 19, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    hes a lier i think he has ask for money to attend charity event, i heard of him doing that , he aint that rich like jayz or someone and that ugly blue borrowed eyed wife of his is real thirsty right now … i have no idea why someone gave two hoodrat , low moral parents a sitcom,, white folks get to joke about this sterio type of the image whites want to paint of our family image which ti and tiny dont represent .. did yall for get this dam man was locked up for drug possession , gun selling , and a host of small things now how the hell can he influence black boys accept negatively he was stil doing dumb shit with money in the bank …hard to tell a kid to improve when the rolemodel aint . …. tiny is a thuggy sounding big nose , chick with multiple body manipulatons to try to look like uMMM LIL KIM .? cause there is no one else she can compare too . . tiny let her daught date at 14 tiny let her sons do what they want , tiny loves expensive purse shoes and clothing she sports with ti money , yet someone see her as a role model? realy?>
    she also had her bout with the law . ti is mistaken for someone who care cause of the imagine they presnt on the show .. who in the hell are their fans its like amagedon

    • star destiny on April 20, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      You are a sad person, this article was about TI and TI only. There seen to be a problem with her or the family. Why is it everyone’s business about how she or they tend to spend their earnings. You really need to do some self-evaluation. I know everyone have their own opinion but the dog mess that are coming out of your mouth is claptrap. If these types of article can get your blood boiling and you don’t even know the person personally to judge just going by media and television, you have some undissolved issues you need to see about. Get your insurance card out and go see a doctor.