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!”