T.I.

Oct
30
Rap-Up TV: T.I. Talks Iggy Azalea vs. Nicki Minaj, Hustle Gang Tour

T.I. has an ear for talent. The Hustle Gang chief, who signed B.o.B and Travi$ Scott, knew he was onto something big when he discovered a blonde Australian rapper named Iggy Azalea. Since then, Iggy has taken over the charts and become a global sensation, but Tip always saw it coming.

“As soon as I seen her, I seen it,” he told Rap-Up TV of his “Fancy” protégée.

He offers her advice, but she doesn’t always take it. “She has an incredible vision for herself,” said Tip. “She sees things that none of us can see. At the end of the day, the final say will lie in what Iggy Azalea feels is appropriate for her legacy.”

While she has experienced some bumps along the way, T.I. has been impressed with the way she’s been dealing with her newfound fame. “All in all, I think she’s handling herself like a G just simply because she’s not jumping off the Empire State Building,” he said. “With the amount of pressure being put on her, the amount of demands, and all the different directions she’s being pulled so many times a day, I think she’s handling herself very well and staying grounded and true to who she is.”

She’s been pitted against Nicki Minaj, but Tip says there’s no real beef, and even left the door open to a collaboration.

“That is something that me and Lil Wayne, we maybe could broker,” he said. “If Nicki agrees to it, I would definitely massage the ears of my young Azalean. She never had a real problem with Nicki. I think it’s just a female competition thing. And I don’t even think Nicki really, really has a problem with Iggy. I think they’re both like, ‘There’s only enough room for one bad bitch at a time.’ I think it’s more that than someone genuinely not liking someone else.”

While he works on bringing the ladies together, he is also trying to put together a Hustle Gang tour. “I’m trying to work on a B.o.B, T.I., Iggy Azalea, Travi$ Scott—I’m trying to do a Hustle Gang tour,” he said. “It’s very ambitious. We’ll see.”

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Oct
30
T.I. Performs ‘No Mediocre’ on ‘The Queen Latifah Show’

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With his ninth album Paperwork sitting at the top of the charts, T.I. celebrated with a performance on “The Queen Latifah Show.” Accompanied by the 1500 or Nothin’ Band, the Grand Hustle chief ruled the stage with his single “No Mediocre,” dedicating it the dimes and perfect 10s.

He also spoke to Latifah about his VH1 reality show “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle” and why he decided to executive produce Oxygen’s “Sisterhood of Hip Hop.”

“Me observing and witnessing and being a part of Iggy Azalea’s career, and seeing all she went through, I know that there are others just like her and their stories are just as noteworthy and deserve to be told as well,” he said.

See the King hold court with the Queen.

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Oct
29
T.I.’s ‘Paperwork’ Lands at No. 2

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The King is back. T.I. turns up at No. 2 on the charts this week with Paperwork.

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Oct
28
T.I. and Jeezy Perform ‘G’ S**t’ on ‘Late Night’

Jeezy and T.I.

After visits to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The View,” T.I. hit up “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Monday. Looking dapper in a skinny suit and hat, the Hustle Gang chief carried out a soulful performance of his new single “G’ Shit” with some help from fellow ATLiens Jeezy and WatchTheDuck.

His album Paperwork is battling it out with Logic on the charts and is expected to sell 65-70,000 copies in its first week. He has already announced the sequels, Paperwork: The Return and Paperwork: Love and Liability.

Watch the King keep it G.

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Oct
24
Rap-Up TV: T.I. Talks Chris Brown Collaboration, Signing Troy Ave

With his ninth album Paperwork in stores this week, T.I. celebrated its release with a concert for iHeartRadio on Thursday in Burbank, Calif. Before hitting the Honda Stage to perform his hits including “Bring ‘Em Out,” “Live Your Life,” and “About the Money,” the King caught up with Rap-Up TV to discuss collaborating with Chris Brown on the raunchy bedroom banger “Private Show.”

“We wanted to make grown women cream themselves. I think that was the pure, definite intention behind the record,” said Tip. “I think that we were both kinda trying to one-up one another: ‘You’re not gonna make a girl cream before me. I’m gonna say something that you didn’t say and it’s gonna make her feel a way that you didn’t make her feel.’ We just kinda continued that volley back and forth and then we had a little ball of inappropriate innuendos at the end of it called ‘Private Show.’”

Earlier this week, Troy Ave fueled speculation that he signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle label by appearing on the Hustle Gang remix to DeJ Loaf’s “Try Me” alongside Tip and Trae Tha Truth. While a contract may not be finalized, T.I. considers Troy to be Hustle Gang.

“Never mind the paperwork, I can’t really speak for the deals or the solidification of a professional relationship, but personally he’s definitely Hustle Gang. That’s something that I feel comfortable saying.”

He praised the Brooklyn rapper, who was among this year’s XXL Freshman Class. “He’s a solid cat,” said Tip. “He has something that New York has been missing for quite some time and he’s not afraid to be a New Yorker. I salute him for that early on.”

T.I. is battling it out against Logic on next week’s charts, but sales are not his priority anymore. “Don’t get me wrong, everybody wants to do well in everything that they do, but at the same time you have to judge yourself based on a scale of the statistics of what’s considered normal or acceptable for today. Ultimately the fans receiving it and really being able to relate to the music and really appreciating it as much as we appreciated putting it together, that is more important to us at this point in time.”

The multi-tasking mogul doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. He will star in the upcoming Marvel movie Ant Man and has already chosen titles for his next two albums, Paperwork: The Return and Paperwork: Love and Liability.

Oct
24
New Music: T.I. f/ Jeezy, Lil Wayne, & Young Thug – ‘About the Money (Remix)’

Lil Wayne and T.I.

As promised, T.I. comes through with the official remix to his Paperwork single “About the Money” featuring Jeezy, Lil Wayne, and Young Thug. The Snowman raps about everything from Moses to ebola, Weezy channels Thugger on his squeaky verse, and the Hustle Gang chief lays down some new bars. Turn it.

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Oct
22
New Music: DeJ Loaf f/ T.I., Trae Tha Truth, & Troy Ave – ‘Try Me (Hustle Gang Remix)’

Try Me (Remix)

Hot on the heels of Remy Ma and Ty Dolla $ign’s remix, T.I. assembles the troops for the Hustle Gang remix to DeJ Loaf’s hit “Try Me.” Over the DDS production, the King goes Kamikaze, while Brooklyn’s own Troy Ave spits a verse, fueling rumors that he may have signed with Grand Hustle.

Hear Tip and his clique body the beat.

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