T.I. Puts $50,000 Bounty on Cornell Student’s Head

T.I. Puts $50,000 Bounty on Cornell Student's HeadWhen Cornell booked Georgia rapper T.I. to play its annual Slope Day, it must have known his reputation. Possession charges, gun fights, parole violations — Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.’s record is no secret. (We do admire his work with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.) But even they must have been surprised when, mid-song, the emcee stopped the music and went on a two-minute diatribe against a kid who’d apparently thrown a water bottle at him.

Instead of politely asking the student to refrain from throwing projectiles, T.I. took the next logical step and put $50,000 on his head. At a club or arena, this would be notable but uninteresting. At Cornell, it’s surreal.

The video below is spotty, so we’ve included an abridged transcript. You may notice the DJ gets a little carried away with the gunshot sound effects: 

Don’t motherfucking play with me, homeboy … You don’t throw nothing at me, I won’t throw nothing at you, you dig that? [gunshot sounds] … I respect your school doing your thang [Ed. note: Can this blurb please be engraved into stone on Ho Plaza?], but I’m a real street nigga, I don’t play that shit, homes. … Anybody else throws something up on this stage, I got 50,000 on his head, I ain’t bullshitting. [gunshots] [guns cocking] [more guns shooting / cocking] … That’s the way it goes … Don’t motherfucking play with me man [gun cocks] … Y’all see what it going have to be , right? … [cocks] Hey, we need to continue this show. Throw something up here and you’re getting thrown out, you’re going to jail tonight. … Let’s do this [cocks] … I need some head busters out there in the crowd. … I need some plainclothes out there. … If you see someone throw something, you know them out, come on and get your money.

It’s hard to know where to start. First off, is it just us, or is T.I. really telling Cornell to snitch on its own? For shame. Plus, all that gun-cocking gets a little excessive. Everyone knows you can only cock a gun once in between rounds. It also makes you wonder how many “head busters” actually attend Cornell, and whether T.I. is aware of the likely scarcity.

P.S. We’re actually not positive it’s the original bottle-thrower that T.I. puts the bounty on — it could be a hypothetical reward for violence against any subsequent hurlers. Close textual analysis appreciated.

UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: Nooooo! T.I. has pulled one over on us for the last time!

  • FratBro#5

    To inform all of the above, the initial water bottle was thrown by a freshman who was getting a little too fratty. That dialogue neglects the part when T.I. is talking shit to the brothers of ___

  • FratBro#5

    To inform all of the above, the initial water bottle was thrown by a freshman who was getting a little too fratty. That dialogue neglects the part when T.I. is talking shit to the brothers of ___

  • CORNELL 2010

    being only a few week after the virginia tech shootings, and cornell being a school with kids from everywhere (including virginia)… i thought it was very insensitive to play gun shot noises on a college campus. it just crossed the line. many people were offended

  • CORNELL 2010

    being only a few week after the virginia tech shootings, and cornell being a school with kids from everywhere (including virginia)… i thought it was very insensitive to play gun shot noises on a college campus. it just crossed the line. many people were offended

  • Big Red 95

    What’s up at my old alma mater? Bands on Slope Day always suck; but, this is a new low.

    Kudos to TI for having developed a culture of bottle-throwing (planted or not) at his shows while crafting a contract so he can get paid for not performing a full set.

    But BOO to Cornell for playing into his hands. And DOUBLE BOO to Cornell for not marching TI off the stage once he made his vague threat. How tough would he have looked with the power cut to the stage? No more mic, no more sound effects… until you apologize for being rude while a guest on our Hill. Heh.

  • Big Red 95

    What’s up at my old alma mater? Bands on Slope Day always suck; but, this is a new low.

    Kudos to TI for having developed a culture of bottle-throwing (planted or not) at his shows while crafting a contract so he can get paid for not performing a full set.

    But BOO to Cornell for playing into his hands. And DOUBLE BOO to Cornell for not marching TI off the stage once he made his vague threat. How tough would he have looked with the power cut to the stage? No more mic, no more sound effects… until you apologize for being rude while a guest on our Hill. Heh.

  • p’04

    T.I. isn’t ridiculous. a bunch of ivy kids trying to be down with T.I. is ridiculous.

  • p’04

    T.I. isn’t ridiculous. a bunch of ivy kids trying to be down with T.I. is ridiculous.

  • blsqwerty

    some kids at our school threw water balloons at him. he more or less said the same exact shit.
    to p’04, my school, bentley college, is over 80% white. thats even more ridiculous.

  • blsqwerty

    some kids at our school threw water balloons at him. he more or less said the same exact shit.
    to p’04, my school, bentley college, is over 80% white. thats even more ridiculous.

  • cornell 05

    i was genuinelly hoping when i clicked on this link that texas instruments had gone after a kid. it would make more sense.

  • cornell 05

    i was genuinelly hoping when i clicked on this link that texas instruments had gone after a kid. it would make more sense.

  • yalie

    This kind of crap happens in New Haven every night… concert or not!

  • yalie

    This kind of crap happens in New Haven every night… concert or not!

  • cornell 10

    haha, he pretended like he was going to jump in the crowd and fight… when he was like, I saw you, and runs accross stage to stop short of jumping off when he gets to the other side. another couple of times he pretended like he was going to jump into the crowd but waited for his home boys to hold him back. and I really think he was alreadyt finishing his last song (what you know about that?) when he just left the stage. but he made it look like he was leaving early.

  • cornell 10

    haha, he pretended like he was going to jump in the crowd and fight… when he was like, I saw you, and runs accross stage to stop short of jumping off when he gets to the other side. another couple of times he pretended like he was going to jump into the crowd but waited for his home boys to hold him back. and I really think he was alreadyt finishing his last song (what you know about that?) when he just left the stage. but he made it look like he was leaving early.

  • cornell 10

    haha, T.I. looks a lot like my 7th grade math teacher Mr. Flowers… Wonder if thats him. hey no one knows what T.I. stands for anyways

  • cornell 10

    haha, T.I. looks a lot like my 7th grade math teacher Mr. Flowers… Wonder if thats him. hey no one knows what T.I. stands for anyways

  • pfff

    people need to lighten up about the gunshot noises. they were stupid kitschy sound effects to make t.i. look like a badass (even though he’s a little bitch), and had no connection whatsoever to the virginia tech tragedy. come on!

  • pfff

    people need to lighten up about the gunshot noises. they were stupid kitschy sound effects to make t.i. look like a badass (even though he’s a little bitch), and had no connection whatsoever to the virginia tech tragedy. come on!

  • token

    I think it’s a repeat from Bentley’s Spring Fling. I suppose it’s an attempt to regain street cred. That pretty much goes out the window the moment you decide to perform at Yale, Cornell, etc. He sucks and no amount of high-grade weed could make his very brief and very bad act better.

    Outkast 08, b*tches!

  • token

    I think it’s a repeat from Bentley’s Spring Fling. I suppose it’s an attempt to regain street cred. That pretty much goes out the window the moment you decide to perform at Yale, Cornell, etc. He sucks and no amount of high-grade weed could make his very brief and very bad act better.

    Outkast 08, b*tches!

  • Lil’ Hana ’08

    I don’t think it was staged. People have thrown water bottles every year…it’s actually quite annoying…

  • Lil’ Hana ’08

    I don’t think it was staged. People have thrown water bottles every year…it’s actually quite annoying…

  • To CU > Cornell

    Congrats on the great lineups you’ve had.
    We’ve also had Snoop, Talib, Cunninlynguists, Twista.
    CU > Cornell? Nope, sorry, not even on this one.

  • To CU > Cornell

    Congrats on the great lineups you’ve had.
    We’ve also had Snoop, Talib, Cunninlynguists, Twista.
    CU > Cornell? Nope, sorry, not even on this one.

  • Cornell get a life

    Dear Big Red,

    Stop trying to pay acts to come to Ithaca. And then charge students admission.

    Columbia gets who they want and offers everything for free. All else fails, just go see one of the many legit shows in Harlem, Brooklyn, Madison Square, Webster Hall, Hammerstein Ballroom–acts of all types.

    Sorry dude. What makes you think T.I. is NYC style anyways?

  • Cornell get a life

    Dear Big Red,

    Stop trying to pay acts to come to Ithaca. And then charge students admission.

    Columbia gets who they want and offers everything for free. All else fails, just go see one of the many legit shows in Harlem, Brooklyn, Madison Square, Webster Hall, Hammerstein Ballroom–acts of all types.

    Sorry dude. What makes you think T.I. is NYC style anyways?

  • meh

    to cornell get a life: stop. cornell rules. go big red. and yes, ti was terrible. student admission: nope.

  • meh

    to cornell get a life: stop. cornell rules. go big red. and yes, ti was terrible. student admission: nope.

  • e. money

    to “columbia”:
    we had snoop and twista, and don’t even fuckin act like twista is any good, shows what you know about hip hop. we’ve had lupe fiasco and kanye also, arguably the greatest MCs out now.
    to “get a life”:
    students aren’t charged admission, slope day is free.
    to everyone else:
    it wasn’t fuckin scripted, real students were drunk and throwin water bottles, however TI was all talk, hes a punk.

  • e. money

    to “columbia”:
    we had snoop and twista, and don’t even fuckin act like twista is any good, shows what you know about hip hop. we’ve had lupe fiasco and kanye also, arguably the greatest MCs out now.
    to “get a life”:
    students aren’t charged admission, slope day is free.
    to everyone else:
    it wasn’t fuckin scripted, real students were drunk and throwin water bottles, however TI was all talk, hes a punk.

  • e. money
  • e. money
  • TIP

    fucka TI hater. TI hella gully. he will split ya wig, ya dig

  • TIP

    fucka TI hater. TI hella gully. he will split ya wig, ya dig

  • 4AFew$$More

    T.I. is the K*I*N*G* !
    Now on the other hand 50 is the Boss he don’t need to win awards.

    Just go buy their albums and relax.

  • 4AFew$$More

    T.I. is the K*I*N*G* !
    Now on the other hand 50 is the Boss he don’t need to win awards.

    Just go buy their albums and relax.