T.I. continues his domination of the media world by adding a second novel, Trouble & Triumph, to his ever-growing repertoire of talents. The rapper, actor, reality show star, and author visited L.A.’s “KTLA Morning News” to discuss his new book as well as his acting career and his reaction to Rick Ross and Young Jeezy’s backstage brawl at the BET Hip Hop Awards.
Tip shared that the feedback from his first book, Power & Beauty, was so strong that fans urged him to write a sequel quickly. In fact, once the plot line and characters were established, the second novel was easier to pen than the first.
“It was actually easier, because I had a starting point,” he said. When asked if the novel’s street love story was inspired by real life, the King of the South laughed it off. “Nah, these are entirely fictional characters.”
The show’s anchors questioned the rapper about his thoughts around the recent BET Hip Hop Awards fight between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy, but T.I. appeared to be oblivious to what happened.
“I didn’t even know about the fight,” said Tip, although he did attribute male ego and pride as being the root of most fights.
“Men everywhere, we have huge egos and lots of pride,” he said. “I don’t know that particular incident personally, but most fights that I hear about, it’s about pride and ego. I can’t speak for every case. I don’t know much about this case.”
During the awards, T.I. performed a medley of songs off his upcoming album Trouble Man, due December 18.