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.”
By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene