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T.I. talks new album, B.o.B. and acting

Rapper T.I. watches during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs at Philips Arena in Atlanta on May 1. Photo credit: Hyosub Shin

Rapper T.I. watches during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs at Philips Arena in Atlanta on May 1. Photo credit: Hyosub Shin

With B.o.B.’s new album, “Strange Clouds,” out this week, it seemed like a good time to catch up with his buddy and mentor, T.I.

You can read why Tip thinks B.o.B. is a “phenomenal talent” in a story coming May 20. But for now, he did confirm that the duo is still working on its “Man and the Martian” album.

“We’ve got about five records done. As our schedule permits, we’ll get into the studio more. It won’t take us any time to knock out,” he said, adding that the music is going to be “a hybrid of all genres.”

Tip – just announced as a performer at the Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash June 16 at Philips Arena — has his own new release ready to drop by the end of summer or early fall, just in time to play Music Midtown in Piedmont Park Sept. 21.

Officially titled “Trouble Man,” the album is about 85 percent finished he said, and includes guest spots from prime names in the Atlanta hip-hop community — B.o.B., Cee Lo and Andre 3000 – as well as Chicago’s R. Kelly.

“That’s one thing about Atlanta,” Tip said. “In this community of artists, you frequent the same restaurants, clubs. Most of [us] went to the same schools. It’s more personal. It’s not just about the music and I don’t just see them at awards shows. We might catch each other coming out of JR Crickets. There’s a sense that we know each other.”

In addition to his musical progressions, Tip is also continuing to pursue acting gigs.

He’ll be in eight episodes of the upcoming season of “Boss,” the critically lauded Kelsey Grammer drama on Starz, slated to return in August.

“I play Trey. He’s the former young leader of a section of a gang in the projects looking to work his way up the ranks in the world of politics. He pushes some buttons of his own,” Tip said with a laugh.

He was jazzed to work with Grammer, whom he’s known about three years and said the two had been trying to find a way to collaborate.

The rapper is also still receiving praise for his excellent interview with Howard Stern last October.

“I enjoy listening to the show,” he said. “It’s rare that people come up and talk to you about an interview six or seven months after [it’s happened]. It must have been good!”

5 comments Add your comment

born with a tan

May 4th, 2012
7:54 pm

Luuv me some TI

Aundria

May 4th, 2012
10:10 pm

T.I , I love the way you set your wife on a pedestal and treat her as the queen that she is to you in your life. Keep doing what you are doing while raising your kids. Someday you will look back and be glad that you did and your children will too. Tiny ( we are blessed to have attractive husbands as we are as well), and they are good to us)…I perfectly can relate!!!

say what?

May 4th, 2012
10:26 pm

Aundria, how does he put his wife on a pedestal when he controls,cheats on her, and abuses her?

Aundria

May 4th, 2012
11:05 pm

@say what? Aundria, how does he put his wife on a pedestal when he controls,cheats on her, and abuses her?

No he doesn’t control and abuse her. He takes good care of both her and the children. He is always concern about his family, so maybe that is why you think is controlling when its not. He does what a man is suppose to do, take care and provide for his, as he leads and follows. Who wants to be married to someone who can not take of there household. They both protect and very much in love with each other and that’s how a marriage or any decent relationship is about. If you never had a real man than you wouldn’t understand.Yes he have cheated in the past, but they were not married at the time,,,,,as best said on Wendy Williams show, ” AND LIFE GOES ON”!!! They are together as America can see through thick and thin. We’re all human, people make mistakes and learn from them. Everyone knows the bibles says, Forgive & Forget. I still love them for setting an example to people how a good relationship can outlast anything regardless of how much money or material thing you may have. TI obviously doesn’t care what people say or think and so does Tiny. You can add Aundria as well, as I said before I can perfectly relate to this couple and they are doing things the best they know how. So, please do not assume and make speculations when you dont really understand what a union is about or what they have been through to make them the way they are about each other. Everything isnt in the news/media. We’re all entitled to our own opinions, but this is what I know and seen vs this some speculations you are assuming.

superiorblogman

May 5th, 2012
1:53 am

Glad to see someone from Atlanta represent for the hometown.