T.I.

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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Oct
21
Video: T.I. – ‘King’

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With his new album Paperwork in stores today, T.I. handles his business in the cinematic video for his Mars-produced anthem “King.”

The Hustle Gang chief shows off his acting chops and his gangster swagger as he goes to meet with a business associate in a seedy bar. But when he’s threatened, Tip grabs his gun and singlehandedly shoots up the place before calmly exiting the building.

Lesson learned: Don’t mess with the King.

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Oct
20
Chris Brown, Trey Songz, T.I., & J. Cole Join Cali Christmas Lineup

Cali Christmas 2014

The stars are coming to Cali this Christmas. L.A. radio station Power 106 has announced the lineup for its annual Cali Christmas concert.

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Oct
16
New Music: Nicole Scherzinger f/ T.I. – ‘Electric Blue’

Nicole Scherzinger and T.I.

Seven years after their last collaboration “Whatever U Like,” Nicole Scherzinger reunites with T.I. on “Electric Blue.” The leader of the Pussycat Dolls evokes ’90s Janet Jackson on the slinky track, which features vocals from The-Dream.

“T.I.’s throwing down on the album, OG style,” Nicole told Rap-Up TV.

Tip is the only featured guest on her album Big Fat Lie, which hits the U.K. on October 20. Nicole has also recorded another collaboration with the Hustle Gang chief, which may appear on the U.S. version of her album.

Rock steady to their new jam and stream snippets of the entire album here.

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Oct
14
T.I. Performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

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Turn it. A week before his album release, T.I. hit the outdoor stage in Hollywood for a performance on Monday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The Hustle Gang boss performed his hit “No Mediocre” and showed off his moves during “About the Money.” He also participated in a funny skit called “Texts From Your Mom,” where he read some real and random texts from mothers aloud.

T.I.’s ninth album Paperwork is now available to stream in its entirety featuring Usher, Chris Brown, Pharrell, Jeezy, Boosie, Rick Ross, and more.

Tune in to tonight’s BET Hip-Hop Awards to catch Tip performing “About the Money” with Young Thug.

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