T.I. is carrying a "conceptual gun" in the illustration on the cover of his new album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head.
The rapper shared his sadness over the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that took the lives of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut last week.
T.I. thought the event was "tragic".
Although it appears that the musician is holding a weapon on the record, this is not the case.
"[It is] a metaphorical, creative, conceptual gun that represents all of the things in life that can get a man in trouble in the form of what one can consider a gun, however not a real gun," T.I. clarified on RapFix Live.
"And that was not even a real pose, that was an illustration. So if it was a real gun that would've just been a real gun that they drew in the hand of someone that looks very similar to T.I.
"But it was a drawing, there was not a gun being held in any photo shoot, anywhere and I want everybody to make sure that they know that and get that very, very clear and understood, OK."
Trouble Man hit the shelves this week.
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