Meet Trey, a 15-year-old Georgia native who has gotten himself involved in a little clique that they like to call themselves the "Block Boys." People typically think Newnan, Georgia is a safe place to live, however shootings and violence are on...... Read Full Episode Summary »
T.I. extends his hand out to help Trey, a troubled 15-year-old kid from Georgia who has mixed himself up with a local gang.
Meet Trey, a 15-year-old Georgia native who has gotten himself involved in a little clique that they like to call themselves the "Block Boys." People typically think Newnan, Georgia is a safe place to live, however shootings and violence are on the rise. Trey's mother is understandably very worried about the welfare of her son. Both Trey's father and older brother are in jail. Trey has witnessed his older brother saving his mother from a knife that his father had put up to her throat.
T.I. understands that these traumatic events are quite a lot to process at such a young age. These circumstances quite often lead kids to join gangs.
While Trey was being interviewed for what he thought was an MTV show about gang life, T.I. walked in the most unexpected place... Trey's crib. T.I. made a deal with Trey, he'll take some of his advice if he'll take some of his.
In T.I.'s car, T.I. asks if Trey knows where he's at. Trey doesn't know, but it's clear he's in T.I.'s neck of the woods. The first stop is a cemetery where some of T.I.'s friends have been laid to rest. T.I. tells Trey the story of Philant Johnson, who was T.I.'s childhood friend and assistant, who was killed following a fight at an Ohio nightclub. Looking at Philant's grave, T.I. explains to Trey that this the way things can go for him. Despite T.I.'s lesson, Trey believes everyone has to die at some point so there's no point in living for tomorrow.
The next stop is where T.I. grew up in Atlanta. T.I. introduces Trey to Quint, his uncle who spent 10 years in prison. Quint was immediately shocked by Trey's attitude towards fighting. Quint cut to the chase and put it this way, Trey has two options: die or go to prison. Trey began to tear up when Quint broke it down to him.
Luckily, T.I. has heard good reports from Trey's mom since his last visit. T.I. decides to reward Trey with a special trip to Washington D.C., the day before President Obama's Inauguration as a special guest at the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball where T.I. is receiving an award. T.I. introduces Trey to hip hop icons such as LL Cool J, Russell Simmons, MC Lyte and more. When T.I. receives the award at the ball, T.I. makes a shout out to Trey and even explains Trey's story to the audience.
Since the trip to Washington D.C., Trey has brought up all of his grades and hopes to be the first man from his family to go to college.