T.I. joined The Breakfast Club to discuss his release from jail, new music, novel/relationship book, and the Atlanta rap scene.
Charlamagne Tha God said it sounds like he’s back on his ‘I’m Serious’ and ‘Trap Muzik’ grind. “That was my definite intention” Tip says. “I felt like it was important to get back to the roots, the foundation of things.” They discuss his last album ‘No Mercy’ with tip saying “it was aight.” “Music is based on inspiration. Music is based on where you are emotionally where your mind and heart is, you just got a piece of where my mind and heart was at the time.”
He clarifies the comments he made on The Howard Stern Show about fighting in prison, saying it happened the first time he went in, then discusses what caused the altercation. He also talks about his relationship advice book, written with his wife Tiny. Angela Yee explains the Lonely Vagina Club to Tip and gets his advice about her relationship issues.
DJ Envy asked about people getting mad because he was out partying soon after his release from prison. “Why are they upset?” Tip asks. “Let me do me man. I ain’t breaking no laws. I ain’t bothering anybody. Let Me Do Me. I go to the club to promote my product. I go to the club to interact with my fans. I go to the club to pick up large sacks of money. Please let me do me.”
C Tha God noted that you can’t control the environment around you and even T.I. admitted that if anything would have happened at Club Compound that night with Diddy, it could have gotten him in trouble. Tip explained, “[That’s] why I stepped in and I intervened and I resolved it before it made it’s way to a point where I could not have any influence over it.” His relationship with Diddy is great and they communicate daily. “I wasn’t in no way trying to disrespect bro, it was in no way trying to check bro, I was just trying to manage the circumstance.”
Tip’s new novel is called Power & Beauty, he wrote most of it in prison and it’s a love/crime/mystery story. “I let two groups of people read it,” he says. “I let the group that only read street lit and I let the group that never read it and both of them found things to relate to. That’s what I was going for because I felt like that hasn’t been achieved since Sister Souljah did Coldest Winter Ever. I love Midnight, the books. I read both of them. Some people like those guys who only read street lit, their like, ‘Man this to slow and what they doing. I ain’t with this shawty.’ It was enough [action]. So I wanted to balance that. I wanted to balance the power and the beauty”
About the Atlanta rap scene he said, “I think it got a lot to do with people simply not caring. Everybody going for self. Ain’t knowbody doing things with the best interests of the town in mind.” He said there’s no organization and people are grinding on their own. “Back when it was Outkast and Goodie Mob, they pretty much passed the torch over to Lil Jon, Ludacris and myself.” He also noted the lack of presence of Atlanta artists on a national level.
He likes Travis Porter‘s movement, rocks with Future, and shouts out 2 Chainz. “I think with Future and 2 Chainz and artists like that, they got to finish. Right now, it’s like having a fighter on the ropes. Now you got to finish. Now what are you going to do? What moves you going to make next? How you going to take it from where you are, to where you need to be?” He believes the next four months are critical to solidifying their careers nationally.
He discusses the incident in prison where he was allegedly caught getting a handjob from Tiny. ‘Their rules say that hands should be visible at all times,” he says. “If the hand is not visible, they assume that certain activities are taking place. I’m not denying that the hand wasn’t visible. I am denying that there was a full fledged handjob.”
He also discusses his tour bus incident when he was released from prison. “I think my method of travel was a tad too extravagant for them,” he says. “I didn’t break any rules. People just have a problem with my lifestyle. They see my lifestyle and take it as a direct form of disrespect to there lifestyle. My lifestyle is my lifestyle. I don’t mean no disrespect, I don’t mean no harm to your lifestyle just because I can and you can’t, that don’t mean I’m disrespecting you. I’m just living my life the way that best suits me in my circumstance.”
Finally, he discusses the possible titles for his upcoming album being ‘Kill The King’ and ‘Trouble Man’. The Club pointed out they don’t think he should call it ‘Kill The King’. Tip says, “Everybody who says that says the same thing. It’s not that I’m looking to actually kill the king. It’s a recognition of, they say life is like a game of chess. And the object of chess is to capture and kill the king. In calling yourself King, you must understand and except that that makes you a target. You have become a target and the object of the game for everyone else is to capture and kill the king and you must except that.”