Rapper T.I. is freed and still the KING. The Atlanta native is also making some changes with his career. T.I. has added Hip Hop Since 1978 (Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Drake), as his co-manager alongside his longtime manager and Grand Hustle label partner Jason Geter. T.I recently released his first novel Power and Beauty and is currently filming a reality show starring his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and their children, called Family Hustle. RollingStone magazine caught up with T.I. for an exclusive interview. Below are some excerpts:
On East coast DJ’s reaction to his new single “Flexin”.
“I’ve heard some East Coast DJ’s have mediocre feeling toward ‘I’m Flexin” but that’s expected because the record’s not for y’all,” T.I. tells Rolling Stone about his first single, his voice rising a bit. “It’s for my foundation, my people. I’ll come back for y’all.”
On working on a new song with producer Pharrell Williams.
“some hip-hop rap shit. We’re just going in for four minutes rapping.”
On his new album title.
“The first of two album titles I’m debating is Kill the King because in all that I’ve gone through I’ve observed how people respond to my circumstances, and I always wonder ‘Why y’all coming at me like this?’ But I thought, ‘How do you expect them to act?'” he explains. “Life is a game of chess and the object is to kill the king. If you anoint yourself king, you have made yourself a target. The second one is self-explanatory – Trouble.”
On his TV show called Family Hustle.
“I’m showing the balance between the personal and the professional,” T.I. says. “In my family, everyone has a hustle and most revolve around things that I already do, even down to my young son who wants to rap and my oldest daughter Zonnique who’s in [teen group] OMG and on the Scream Tour right now.” The series will also chronicle the growth of OMG, which also counts Lil Wayne’s daughter Reginae Carter as a member. Family Hustle premieres on VH1 on December 5th.
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