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T.I. felt ‘‘exploited’’ by church during Kanye West’s Sunday Service

The pastor has responded to Tip’s comments.

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Since the debut of Kanye West’s Sunday Service, the Chicago rapper has received a ton of support. While hosting the weekly event at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, T.I. stopped by along with 2 Chainz. After a picture of him with a “stank face” went viral, T.I. explained the context during a recent episode of his podcast, ExpediTIously.

Atlanta’s most outspoken critic recalled showing up to the church after the offering was collected. The Takers actor was surprised when the pastor asked for another round after he appeared.

“When we sat down there was a whole new agenda. It was like they rung the red bell at the Player’s Club,” T.I. said while speaking with Killer Mike. “It’s not that I have [anything] against pastors or against preachers so-to-speak. It’s just I’ve been raised in the trenches and I was taught to peep game. You ain’t [about to] run no game on me. I will not be extorted.”

After seeing Tip’s comments regarding his church, Pastor Bryant offered a response on Instagram. “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,” Bryant said.

He continued, “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!”

It makes sense as to why Tip addressed this on his buzzing new podcast. While speaking on his new venture, the 39-year-old vowed to keep things honest in a judgment-free zone.

“We talk about any and everything,” T.I. said during a conversation with Billboard. “And I tried to create an environment where people could speak and express themselves freely, fully, authentically, and unapologetically. We have created a space where you can speak your truth without judgment.”

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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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