T.I. arrived at Capitale in a rush, but quickly settled in for a night to remember during his first full show since his “brief vacation” at AXE Music’s “One Night Only” launch concert in New York City on Monday (Aug. 16). The motto, “Who did you bring?” was plastered on the widescreens positioned at the sides of the stage. As for Tip, when he entered the room, he brought with him a collected demeanor, unfazed by the pushes and pulls of the press and anxiety of the crew, and a wad of Benjamins in his pocket. But that wasn’t all he brought.
When he arrived on the platform to perform his hits later that evening, a few trusted friends tagged along. His labelmate Maino got his shine on during his empowering anthem “All the Above.” Grand Hustle’s own B.o.B. came out for his smash “Nothin’ on You,” while Cam’ron and Vado got the audience live with “I Really Mean It.” Everyone could feel the love in the room when Mary J. Blige accompanied Tip on “Remember Me” and “Good Love.” The incomparable hit battalion that is Swizz Beatz got down with “Fancy,” giving way to Keri Hilson, who strutted across stage in a leopard-print top, leather shorts, and combat boots for “Got Your Back.”
T.I. wasted no time delivering the hits that made him King of the South including “Whatever You Like,” “Swagga Like Us,” and “Bring ‘Em Out,” while his new bride Tiny waited in the wings. Trey Songz was also spotted in the audience. Clifford Harris Jr. ended the show with his chart-topper “Live Your Life,” sans Rihanna, and by telling his fans to believe in their dreams, for if no one else does, “I believe in you!”
They say T.I. has the South on lock. After winning over NYC and a throng of celebrity supporters, it was apparent that he also holds the key to the North.
Photos by Cassidy Maldonado for Rap-Up