This is about to be my favorite lede I’ve ever written: Just hours after handing out Christmas gifts to homeless families in West Philly with rapper T.I., DeSean Jackson apparently lost $10,000 on a rap battle between a member of his posse and Meek Mill’s entrant, Lil Snupe, who is 16. Jackson stormed off and let the world know about his anger by firing this Tweet out into the ether:
With a Twitter assist (twatsist?) from Eagles writer Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks), we pieced together Tweets (and one press release about Jackson’s West Philly homeless shelter appearance with T.I.) and were able to construct a timeline of the evening. Here’s how it went down, ya’ll:
After handing out Christmas gifts in West Philly, D-Jac and T.I., who is finally a free man after serving time for weapons and drug convictions, met up with Meek Mill, who just this week was barred from traveling and touring for a month after he violated the terms of his probation stemming from a 2008 weapons and drug conviction, and other assorted rappers, friends and hangers-on. It was all part of a release party for T.I.‘s new album, Trouble Man, which dropped on Tuesday. At some point, Michael Vick – also now a free man, as you may know – joined in on the fun:
Later, Jackson and Mill (sounds like a paper company) pitted two of their, um, protégés head-to-head in a rap battle with the winner taking $10k or, as it’s called, 10 stacks. Jackson’s youngin lost, and Jackson, seemingly, wasn’t happy about it.
There’s really only one way to tell the rest of this tale… and that’s with Storify. Step over the jump with me, will you?
These are the Tweets and Instagram postings of Jackson, Mill, Lil Snupe (the winner), and, ah, coonphilly:
We’ll look forward to Round 2.
H/T to (@EliotShorrParks), and buy his book, “More Than A Game: Life Lessons From Philadelphia’s Sports Community.”