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T.I. talks album delay, TV show

Photo credit: ALEX KIRZHNER

Photo credit: ALEX KIRZHNER

T.I.’s literary career continues next week with the Tuesday release of “Trouble & Triumph: A Novel of Power & Beauty,” the sequel to “Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets.”

We’ll tell you more about that next week and his area book appearances at the end of the month.

But, during a phone chat this morning – yes, the guy gets up earlier than I do – T.I. also talked a bit about his delayed-again “Trouble Man” album.

He said it’s “in the final stages of completion” and will be released by the end of the year.

The reason for another postponement?

“We’re perfecting what we have and recognizing the opportunity to present a hip-hop classic,” he said.

Although there has been talk of T.I. ditching his music career in favor of books and acting (catch him on the current season of the Kelsey Grammer-starring “Boss” on Starz), the rapper, who plays Music Midtown next weekend, said music will always be his first love and passion.

“It will always inspire me to go in and speak on things, thinking about where I am to date in my life,” he said.

In addition to the new book, T.I. has a new season of “T.I. & Tiny” on VH1, which premiered to big numbers last week – 4.5 million for the first episode and 3.99 for the second one that immediately followed.

T.I. said he was a little surprised at the huge ratings because he didn’t think that many people would tune in, “given the lack of drama and the amount of honesty and reality we put out there. I thought it would be boring to people, but people are obviously attracted to it for some reason.”

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

20 comments Add your comment

mike

September 10th, 2012
6:28 pm

T.I.’s music faces the age old issue: give the fans what they want vs chasing your artistic aspirations. T.I.’s fanbase wants the guy that rapped about selling dope and Bankhead, not riches and success and Hollywood. I’m sure he’s probably tired of rapping about that and obviously doesn’t sell dope or live on Bankhead anymore. I say release one more album, retire, then do some acting. Check are bigger anyways.

Picks

September 10th, 2012
7:21 pm

“literary career”…..will someone please gag me with a basting spoon…..

Yancy B

September 10th, 2012
7:36 pm

@Picks I will gladly gag you!

ATLGIANT

September 10th, 2012
8:50 pm

Mike, I have to disagree with you. T.I.’s fanbase is broader than you think. True, there is a segment of his fanbase that wants the hear him rap about drugs and money, but I believe there is a larger segment that wants him to take the next step into creative storytelling. There isn’t much creativity in rapping about the same thing over and over. Artist like Eminem, Andre 3000, Jay-Z and Nas have figured out how to be more creative with what they rap about. T.I. has started down this path with Paper Trail, but has been in reverse since then.

Picks

September 10th, 2012
10:37 pm

just another artist wannabe from the “hood” spewing out street garbage to a beat….that’s all it is and that’s all it will ever be….sorry, but rap music is basically an affirmative action program for African Americans who can’t sing.
The real story here is just another “slick” street hood jail bird who has trouble doing the right thing and staying out of trouble.

Samantha

September 10th, 2012
10:57 pm

I love TI and Tameka (Tiny),,,,,,,,,,,He is an excellent father kids to his kids and loving caring husband to his wife. There life is no different than anybody else, they just happen to be celebrity status and living life on TV. Bring the cameras in over half of Americans homes and thats exactly what you would see, hard working family trying to raise children, teach them morals and respect and live a nice decent life. I appreciate him for being a father to all of his children and Tiny for being the strong female that she is supportive of him and their decisions in life 150%. I love you guys for being an example to people all over the world, sticking together and letting no one come between you guys. May God continue to bless you and give you strength to carry on !!!!

Picks

September 11th, 2012
12:10 am

Samantha, have you seen this guy’s rap sheet for criminal offenses?
An excellent father doesn’t do those things….
And I guarantee that his life is WAY different than everybody else….wanna know how?….HE IS A CONVICTED FELON, that’s how.
An example to people all over the world?…..gimme a break

Damon

September 11th, 2012
4:32 am

@ picks the convicted felon is doing better at life than you, we don’t see any articles in the ajc talking about your accomplishments! Such hate in your heart for another man is not necessary.

TT

September 11th, 2012
7:28 am

@Picks, my dad is a convicted felon and I still view him as a wonderful dad!!!! We all fall down and get back up!!!!!!!!!!!!

GaPeachy

September 11th, 2012
8:02 am

I am a huge fan and have been for a very long time. Regardless of the mistakes he has made, he is a talented young man that grew up in a neighborhood where most never get out or have any success in life, so I give him the upmost respect for always striving to be a better artist and father. I wish his family much success!

AB

September 11th, 2012
10:12 am

Picks, you haven’t followed his music career. He is one of the original greats. You are just mean spirited.

Ron Burgundy

September 11th, 2012
10:31 am

Felon or not, TI can straight lay it down with his bad self. I celebrate his entire catalog of music!

Rozie

September 11th, 2012
10:32 am

T.I and Tiny are not perfect. They’re human just like all of us. They f… up just like all of us, bleed red blood, cry wet tears and end each day hoping tomorrow will be better. Real life ….you gotta respect that. So, continue on T.I and Tiny much success.

Brenda Hunter

September 11th, 2012
11:48 am

T.I & Tiny, you two are awesome people and parents. I enjoy watching your TV show, and I am glad things are coming together and working out for you.

Chris

September 11th, 2012
11:50 am

Well said no of us is perfect. TI has made mistakes just like we all have so let that brother continue to grow and take care of his family. I like the show it’s like I can relate to what they got going on in their house. Just don’t have the type of money they have, but I can tell they are really cool people. TI and Tiny keep doing yall thang……… ATL…………….

tspec

September 11th, 2012
12:07 pm

Picks, if you’re not a fan why are you here? Why did you not only read the article but you also have commented on the article. If it’s that serious, don’t buy the album, don’t buy the books, don’t watch the movies or television shows! I don’t understand people like you, you’re spending your time reading and commenting on an article you “don’t care about, stop wasting your time and go KICK ROCKS! God Bless T.I.P

Sly37

September 12th, 2012
2:47 pm

Picks people can change and God forgives. What makes you better than God that you can’t find one positive thing to say? Please! I’m sure you don’t live in a glass house. T.I / TIP’s #1 Fan

bryson

September 13th, 2012
2:23 pm

john

September 14th, 2012
9:05 am

I for one am a t.i. fan and I also believe in God. we’re all not perfect and we all sin so for anyone to say that someone personifies the wrong they’ve done is saying they have no chance of being anything better. t.i., like many of us, has made wrong decisions in life and tries each day to better himself; not just for himself but also for his family, so who are we to judge and point fingers as if we’re perfect. let him that is without sin cast the first stone.

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