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Atlanta rap star T.I. gets his second reality show

T.I.'s new reality show

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Clifford "T.I." Harris. CREDIT: Curtis Compton/ ccompton@ajc.com

Clifford "T.I." Harris. CREDIT: Curtis Compton/ ccompton@ajc.com

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.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

58 comments Add your comment

Jeff

August 31st, 2011
2:49 pm

Not Interesting.

Mr. Ed

August 31st, 2011
2:50 pm

Mebbe, it’s just me. Rapper T.I. goes to federal prison, not just once, but twice,and he gets reality T.V. series?

God help this country.

IMHO, not much of a role model there.

Waiting patiently to be called a “hater” now.

ATLPeach

August 31st, 2011
2:52 pm

I’m really hoping for the best for Tip. I think he has issues with impulsivity and that must be addressed, however everyone deserves a second chance. Can’t hate because he’s making money, this is the business that he’s in. Wishing him much success.

I don’t like that he didn’t want Tiny to do her reality show but he’s doing one. Comes across as extremely chauvinistic. Work on that Tip. She has a career too and her show was very positive.

ATLPeach

August 31st, 2011
2:54 pm

@Mr. Ed, those that know what the word “hater” means won’t use it, those that don’t know will. But you’re right, I’m sure it’s coming:)!

Christopher Lewis

August 31st, 2011
3:07 pm

This is just another show to slap African Americans in the face with. How will this show edify the African American community? T.I. will just show how dumb he really is and make all African Americans look stupid. (Step And Fetch)

Wayne stuck in AL

August 31st, 2011
3:08 pm

Obviously VH1 is going after the thug demo.

mamaj

August 31st, 2011
3:11 pm

@Mr Ed; “Hater” is so passe’ now, but jealously will always be in style.Here we go with the role model crap again. If all of the things that people chose to entertain them on TV had to be role model material, we’d have even less to watch than we do now, even with the hundreds of channels we have available. T. I. was an idiot, mind you, for his constant lack of judgment, and thinking that he was untouchable, yet again, but he’d be a bigger idiot not to take advantage of any opportunity coming his way, seeing as how not many people less fortunate than he, gets even a SECOND chance to make a good impression.

KBG

August 31st, 2011
3:12 pm

I love T.I. and will continue to support his music…but THIS??? Not so much

@ATL Peach- Can we say Napoleon complex? Totally insecure in regards to Tameka’s career….

Jay

August 31st, 2011
3:12 pm

I was just thinking what a way to rehab his career

check more out at http://www.thajayspot.com for more exclusive content on T.I.

mamaj

August 31st, 2011
3:17 pm

Christopher, nothing that YOU, T.I. or anyone else does, makes me look stupid; you’re giving people way too much undeserved credit.

Spider Man

August 31st, 2011
3:19 pm

@Mr. Ed –nah man you just kept it as real as you could….I feel you…

Sogooden

August 31st, 2011
3:22 pm

This is not about being a so-called “hater”, this is about rewarding bad behavior. It was obvious that he may have learned something from his 1st incarceration, but not enough to matter. I just don’t understand the fascination with foolishness.

real talk

August 31st, 2011
3:27 pm

Another way for Viacom(MTV,BET,VH1) and Atlanta to embarrass black folks as always. I agree Christopher Lewis and you have blacks ;like mamaj who actually support people because they are entertainer. I am a black male young and from the hood but was smart enough to try and progress instead making excuses and supporting crap like this. I refuse to give them the ratings and hope junk like this is pulled off the air like Frankie and Neffy whatever Kesha Cole idiotic folks name is lol. I guess you must be an entertainer or athlete to make it in the U.S. Atlanta is really an embarrassment for the African American community.

Damon

August 31st, 2011
3:35 pm

I find it totally dishonest how guys like TI and Mike Vick are lauded, and given the “second chance that every one deserves”. But, if a guy walked into your job with the same exact crimes, you would turn them away from employment, or “understand” why your HR rep did. Why people root for these celebs, but are vehemently against the regular guy that made a “mistake” is beyond me. Hypocritcal people….

Sassy

August 31st, 2011
3:44 pm

TI & Tiny really hope you guys get it together. TI you are so handsome & talented love your music your swag- I believed in you the first time & still do- you can do it be thankful for the beautiful wife & family you have and show your children what a wonderful father you can be. I have faith you can pull it off. Good luck & much love & success going foward. P.S. take care of Tiny she deserves it.

joe

August 31st, 2011
3:46 pm

I’d shoot myself before watching his show…or any others like it. Thank God it’s football season!

Sweet C

August 31st, 2011
3:47 pm

Stop being Haters and let TI make his money like everyone else.. If he don’t then someone else will. That’s the way of land.

Spade

August 31st, 2011
3:54 pm

That’s because this America, where anything and everybody can be bought, yes EVERYBODY even you that claims you can’t.

The point is as long as it is feeding a trend, addiction, and/or ignorance it will prosper because American people especially blacks don’t care about real issues, most want to get an easy road to success, be seen, become famous and if somebody throws a bone in the form of a few thousand dollars they are all over it. I am saying this because seeing young family members currently serving time over crimes that they really didn’t have to commit but their love for Young Jeez, T.I, Wacka Flocka wanting to imitate the lifestyle and what they rap about, now threw their lives in the dumpster. There was nothing a parent could have done because their friends follow the same. However now that they actually wasted their life, they want to be on the “Road to Redemption” but obviously it is too late, the opportunities have slipped away and all because of following “Artists” that over exaggerated a lifestyle they don’t even lived.

But the American way is what taught us to be this way, lie, steal, deceive where being dumb and ignorant by making yourself a laughing stalk or fool to entertain the masses but thinking you are really doing something tsk tsk tsk

Spade

August 31st, 2011
3:57 pm

Damon on the defense to Michael Vick – He was made a poster child. American go hunting ALL the time shooting Deer, Moose, Bears, etc for trophy. All of these animals do not die instantly because of these hunter miss and may shoot an animal in another place and they run off and left to die gruesome. So yes he did wrong but the way he was lynched was wrong. How can you accept one but not the other just because the animal is different?

Mike Vick paid for his wrong doings, however all of these hunters are still out here shooting and injuring animals and it being praised as a sport. Now that hypocritical

CT

August 31st, 2011
4:04 pm

2CHRISTOPHER LEWIS, Not sure how TI’s show will make all african american’s look stupid, we all are not going to be on his show.

Peppermint Candy

August 31st, 2011
4:09 pm

Why would anyone in their right mind give TI a show? He is not a role model. In fact his behavior encourages more teens and young adults to do the things that he does. Accept the fact that drugs, and crime are a way of life for him. In a previous article about being in jail TI admits that he may return again. If this man was promoting a positive life syle he would not be in the news. Too much time is focused on criminals and their criminal activity.

ATLPeach

August 31st, 2011
4:15 pm

Geesh…here we go again with the “make black people look bad” crap. Look, last time I checked, ALL of these reality shows pretty much make every race look bad. Just check out the Housewives Shows, Jersey shows, etc. Everybody cusses and fights. Many get arrested. The networks have found a way to spend a lot less money and still get high ratings. This IS NOT about race. Stop the madness! I can and do represent myself. T.I. will represent T.I. If some white person watches the show and judges all blacks on his actions, that’s their problem, not mine.

beebee

August 31st, 2011
4:23 pm

Mr. Ed, you’re no hater. You seem to represent what’s still right about this country.

The biggest, most acclaimed names in black america are those who produce a few hit records (especially rap) AND with that do things that get them in prison or jail. Black kids (many of the boys) will NEVER fear or avoid doing things and getting locked up because the All-GREAT-AND POWERFUL OZ known as T.I. went to jail.

Becoming a REAL MAN and studying/working to earn a living/raising a family has become old-school, old-fashioned, and irrelevant.

Christopher Lewis

August 31st, 2011
4:30 pm

2CT America puts all African Americans in a box. When they watch T.I. speaking slang and acting as if he was in a minstrel show, this will be another step back for African Americans.

Michael

August 31st, 2011
4:32 pm

I have to assume T.I. has his own production company and therefore is paying for this second redemption.

After he does his third stretch in the pen, his next show will be called “The Revolving Door with T.I.” He can interview recidivist thugs.

James

August 31st, 2011
4:34 pm

@ Peppermint Candy

Because he puts money in people’s pockets..You know,like Robert Downey Jr.

The Annoying Voices of Joel Matlin, Brad Nitz, Belinda Skelton and Tom Shane

August 31st, 2011
4:34 pm

Those geniuses at MTV/VH1 must be soooo proud.

Michael

August 31st, 2011
4:35 pm

Hey spade, go jump in a pen with some pit bulls. If you lose the fight, we get to kill ya.

Hollywould

August 31st, 2011
4:40 pm

Spade, I don’t think the hunters are holding the animals underwater until they drown, electrocuting them, or making a deer fight another deer to its death. But go ahead and worship your hero.

Michael

August 31st, 2011
4:44 pm

Yeah, Spade’s hero repudiates his own bad behavior with the dogs, but no, the numbskull crowd still thinks it was okay. To paraphrase Chris Rock, when I’m at the ATM at night, I’m not looking over my shoulder for the media, I’m looking for . . .

Zone 3

August 31st, 2011
5:21 pm

Didn’t know so many tea- baggers visited this site ( leaving now)

JenniferO.

August 31st, 2011
5:23 pm

The Kardashians should be in prison. Their very lives are crimes. T.I. has talent; he deserves success; the Kardashians are making money off idiot people who want to follow their big, fat behinds and sadistic lives.

Lee Mac

August 31st, 2011
5:25 pm

I hope that T.I. can turn his life around into something positive, but I will repeat what I said here when he was released from prison last year: He will be back behind bars in less than six months. Too bad, but certain to happen because it is the pattern of his life.

Zone 3

August 31st, 2011
5:26 pm

But b4 I go let me say that I could care less the luxury of the vehicle if the destination is death!!!!! Put that meth in ya pocket and smoke it repubs!!!

Captain Midnight

August 31st, 2011
5:46 pm

This guy is just like Michael Jackson or Amy Winehouse. His own self destruction is the only thing keeping him relevant.

ATTN: Zone

August 31st, 2011
5:49 pm

The phrase is “could NOT care less”. You have to put the word NOT in there for what you’re saying to make sense.

Supply and Demand

August 31st, 2011
5:54 pm

T.I. can’t make a dime unless folks buy what he cook up.

Billy Davis

August 31st, 2011
6:56 pm

Be a thug, go to jail, get a TV show. This is what’s wrong with America.

DCSTAN

August 31st, 2011
7:05 pm

I know it sounds Passe but it is still true. “Don’t hate the Playa hate the Game”

Black people love to defend they own "peoples" no matter what the occasion

August 31st, 2011
7:25 pm

I’m sure this show will get high ratings on the south side of Atlanta. ghetto trash

Please Help Us

August 31st, 2011
7:47 pm

This is sad. Our country is getting sad. The love for money is making people ignorant to reality. Whats even more sad are the people on this blog and in our country who still supports this guy and finds nothing wrong with gloryfying his negative behavior. Yet, these same people who support him would be highly upset and angry at a young man who would break in their house, rob them, shoot them, or sell drugs in their neighborhood or community, and would want this young man locked up or even killed. But you love and support TI. Guess who glorifies the negative lifestyle that this young 18 year old man just committed against you or a loved one of yours. TI!!!!!! and the rest of these clowns who think it is ok to glorify negative behavior. And when you keep rewarding ignorance and negative behavior with monetary reward, the young men will only continue to engage in negativity because their role model keeps getting rewarded. They dont understand the jail time he spent because they were not in jail with him. That year that TI spent in jail feels like a month to the young men out here because time flies when your not in jail. As long as we black people continue to support this, our young men and women will only continue to get worse. And dont give me that it starts with the parents argument. If a young women or man at age 16 is engulfed in this negative lifestyle of unreality, and they have children, guess how there kids are gonna eventually behave? The same way. Its a negative cycle that will continue unless we stop it. Atlanta is becoming a sad city for young black men, most of them walk around like zombies, pants down, ipod on, ungroomed, walking like penguins so there pants can stay up, and talking as though they are illiterate. WE have to fix this, it takes a community to raise children, and these rappers and entertainers are part of our community, and they bare some responsibility as well.

gambino family member

August 31st, 2011
7:59 pm

man yall need to stop hating any man that pays his debts to society has done his deed let the man make his money white people dont like when a black man hits millions without an education anyways thats why T.I and Vick get hated on im not gonna hate i wish the young brother the best geeezzzzzzz…………….

Uncle Thomas

August 31st, 2011
8:40 pm

Wow! He get’s a job as soon as he gets out of the clink? And he didn’t even have to fill out an application or send a resume.

This race card crap is played out black people

August 31st, 2011
9:11 pm

Do you really think we care about ya’ll that much? We don’t, carry on.

Dirty South TV

August 31st, 2011
11:13 pm

Tip did do things in the past that were not good role-model things. He did get caught doing some things and he has done his time. He has been steadily making moves for the past five years to become more of a business man and less of what he became in his old hood. If those jealous idiots didn’t shoot up his vehicle and murder his best friend he would not have been trying to arm-up the way he was when he got set up (by his body guard no less).
Tiny and Tip have a special bond that has worked for them for years (not for you reading this, but for them), longer than many of you have been married.
Tiny does have a cult following, we have witnessed it first hand hundreds of times. People just love her. She has real talent, just one instance is co-writing (with Kandi Burress) one of the biggest hits of all time “No Scrubs.” You may remember TLC making a multi, multi, multi, multi, multi, multi, multi, multi platinum hit record of that song. Was it the best song ever written–far from it. Never the less, it sold like hot-cakes.
The new show will be a better representation for Atlanta, Georgia than what we have out there now. If Tip has his way with the show, I’m sure he will make sure the right message gets across to “the youth of America,” no matter their color. Not having Tiny do a show right before he got released and did his show was a smart business move. Try to imagine the importance of ratings–no mater who you’re up against, you want the best ratings so you can call more shots (no pun intended) each season.
Tip, if he can stay out of trouble and not violate the terms of his probation, I guarantee he will show the world just how good of a savvy business man he has become. He will make those two dopes in New York look like school children. They just don’t have that Southern Swagger that he has, that coolness.

GMC
President and CEO
of Atlanta, Georgia-based
Dirty South TV
Music Television Network
(That actually plays music videos)

Hd

August 31st, 2011
11:13 pm

A bunch of ignorance and nonsense…

jay

September 1st, 2011
12:30 am

I think VH1 should follow a REAL ex-con around You know, a guy that doesnt have a record label and royalty checks waiting for him on the outside….

Whatever

September 1st, 2011
1:58 am

THUG, THRASH, THUG, THRASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whatever

September 1st, 2011
1:59 am

THUG, TRASH, THUG, TRASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

killat

September 1st, 2011
7:55 am

@Jay, you mean a “BROKE” ex-con, Rich or Poor T.I.P is a con nonetheless!