It’s another reality TV program for Atlanta rapper T.I.
In 2009, MTV aired “The Road to Redemption,” where T.I. spent his time encouraging kids to avoid his fate before he entered prison for felony gun charges.
Two years later, he has exited an Arkansas prison after 10 months for violating the aforementioned gun conviction parole and has reality cameras following him around for MTV’s sister station VH1.
T.I.’s untitled show is set to air Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. for ten half-hour episodes.
His wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle was on BET’s “Tiny & Toya” show for two seasons before she left, leaving Toya Carter to do her own reality program solo.
In recent years, VH1 has been adding more programming targeting African-American women. Its current biggest hits are “Basketball Wives” and ‘Single Ladies.”
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, broke it big in 2003 and has 13 top 10 hits on the Billboard rap charts. His biggest hits include “What You Know,” “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life.”
Here are the gory details in the press release about the new T.I. show:
The half hour 10-episode series follows the “King of the South” at his most vulnerable state, as he is released from an 11 month Federal prison term, his second stint in three years. Along the way we will see T.I. re-acclimate back into his life as a father, husband, son and friend, as well as a musician, a clothier, a businessman, and an actor (he last starred in and produced Sony’s film “Takers,” which opened number one at the box office the weekend prior to his arrest). We will also witness T.I. behind the scenes in studio as he goes about recording yet another likely Grammy-award winning album. All the while with T.I. needing to abide by a new set of restrictions and obstacles due to his probation terms. Can the King stay on the straight and narrow while juggling the chaos of his kingdom?
Viewers will also get a glimpse into the very loving and always fascinating relationship between T.I. and his wife Tameka (aka “Tiny”), who has faithfully stood by T.I.’s side through it all and who herself was a former member of 90’s Grammy winning pop group Xscape. Tameka and T.I. are passionately in love, but both know that this previous incarceration has to be his last. The mother of two of T.I.’s children, along with her own fifteen-year-old daughter, Tameka was forced to hold down the fort while T.I. was behind bars. Viewers will also be introduced to the OMG GIRLZ, a sizzling new up-and-coming pop group that Tameka manages. With T.I. back on his throne, we will watch as he reclaims his kingdom, rebuilds his businesses, and reconnects with his family and friends. Most importantly though, we will see T.I. adjusting to life with a new set of rules, so as to never again repeat the devastating mistakes of his past.
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog