ATLANTA—Rapper T.I. helped coax a suicidal man down from a hotel roof in midtown Atlanta on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.
One correspondent on the scene was able to listen to the conversation that took place between the hip-hop star and the would-be jumper. The following is a transcript of the exchange:
T.I.: What up? What’s haapnin’???
Man: Not much. Ummmm…I’m standing on the ledge of a roof. I’m gonna jump and kill myself.
T.I.: Why you wanna go and do that?
Man: Because I hate my life. I wrote a suicide note, I’ve got it right here. Want me to read it to you??
T.I.: Uh go ‘head. Go ‘head.
(The man reads the note)
Man: That’s why. I’m sick of living a horrible life. I probably live the most miserable, awful, tragic life anyone’s ever lived.
T.I.: Hey, whatchu know about that?
Man: Me??? What do YOU know about having a bad life? You’re a famous rapper.
T.I.: Hey, I know all about that.
Man: Really? I don’t think so. I mean, I’m broke, depressed, addicted to drugs, a felon, and diabetic. And I live in downtown Atlanta. If you can even THINK of anything worse that could be on that list, I would be very impressed.
T.I.: Dead and gone.
Man: Whatever. Contrary to what you think, I would be much better off “dead and gone.” And you didn’t even sing that. It was that Timberlake guy.
It was at this point that pop singer Rihanna showed up and tried to convince the man to come down as well.
Man: Rihanna??? What the hell???
Rihanna: Just live your life.
Man: Wow. You know…I’ve never really thought about it that way before. I’m still not totally sure I want to come down though…my life sucks pretty bad…
T.I.: You can have whatever you like.
Man: Really??? Okay, I’ll be down in a sec.
After the man was escorted down from the ledge, he had a brief talk with T.I. in the lobby of the building before being taken to the hospital by Atlanta police.
When asked by the press what the most convincing part of T.I.’s appeal had been, the man replied, “You know how we talked in the lobby afterwards? He gave me like a half pound of weed. Seriously, it was a shit-ton. He’s a very convincing man.”