T.I. Might Have Mixed Emotions About Album Release, DJ Drama Says

Despite #4 debut, Drama says Tip probably regrets not being able to promote No Mercy.

T.I. is sitting behind bars, but if the rapper can take any solace from his situation, it’s that his latest effort No Mercy had a strong debut, landing at #4 on next week’s Billboard 200.

But T.I. associate DJ Drama, thinks the rapper probably has mixed feelings about the news that his album pushed nearly 160,000 units last week.

“Tip is the type of guy that, I’m sure, no matter how high it debuted, he might feel disappointed, because he’s not here, [and he might] feel like he could have done better,” Drama told MTV News. “If it does whatever numbers it does, with him being here, it might have done double that. I think this [release] is the toughest one for him. I been a part of his career for the last 10 years, and I seen him in and out of legal problems. But I think this one is a little bit different. Hopefully, this one is the most life-changing one for him. I listened to the album, and I watched it being made, and it’s some quality work. You know, at the end of the day, it’s about the music. And he still comes with that music.

“But I don’t think he’s sitting there celebrating and thinking, ‘Oh, we did a good number,’ or, ‘We debuted high,’ ” Drama added. “He’s probably thinking to himself, ‘Damn, I could have done a lot better if I was in a better position by being home to work.’ ”

Currently, Tip is serving an 11-month sentence for violation his probation, stemming from his arrest in Los Angeles in September.

The rapper and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, were pulled over for a traffic violation and police discovered drugs in the vehicle. T.I. was let go without being charged in the incident and traveled back to Atlanta, where he later faced the same judge that sentenced him to one year and one day in prison on weapons charges.