T.I. is really pressing his new status as an “author.”
The rapper made the publicity rounds in New York Tuesday to hawk his new work of fiction, “Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets,” and stopped by Howard Stern’s morning show on Sirius XM to talk about the book, his own literary pursuits and his recent prison stint.
In case you had any inkling of pity for the guy, consider this: T.I. told Stern that before heading to prison on weapons charges, he was making $225,000 per concert and another $75,000 to $100,000 for an after party appearance. So yep, in one night he could have conceivably pulled in $300k.
While in prison, T.I. said he got into one fight, admitting that he it started because “I wanted to fight.” He also mentioned that while incarcerated he “ran a little crew” and was generally respected by his prison mates.
When talk turned to “Power & Beauty,” Stern asked the rapper to name his favorite books and for a second, it seemed he might pull a Sarah Palin and offer an empty stammer.
But T.I. quickly recovered – surely this question has popped up elsewhere while on a book tour – and named Jay-Z’s “Decoded” and Sister Souljah’s “Coldest Winter Ever.”
T.I. said the goal with his own book was to create a piece of work “that equally entertains and educates my generation – because there isn’t enough reading going on.”
Stern also asked the rapper about his efforts to talk a man contemplating suicide down from a Midtown Atlanta building last October.
T.I. said he told the guy that “whatever it was that had him up there, we could fix it.”
When Stern wondered why T.I. hadn’t made the move to a celeb-friendly Mecca such as New York or L.A., he audibly shrugged and said, “I love Atlanta. That’s my home.”
The newly crowned author is also on a book-signing tour and will appear at Books-A-Million in Peachtree City at 7 p.m. Thursday to scribble his signature on “Power & Beauty.”