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  • September 07, 2012
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    Loop21 Has 10 Questions For T.I.
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    Via Loop21:

    Loop 21: The second season of your Chicago-based television drama “Boss” debuted August 17 on Starz. Why did you decide to accept a recurring role in the series?

    T.I.:
    It is one of the best shows on television. It has phenomenal acting and a great storyline. It is a phenomenal opportunity to work with great actors like Kelsey Grammer (who portrays the Mayor of Chicago) and Sanaa Lathan. My character Trey Rogers is a former gang banger with political aspirations. He’s trying to move up in the world and open doors in City Hall.

    Loop 21: You plan to release your eighth studio album Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head in the fall. Why did you name the CD after the Marvin Gaye classic song?

    T.I.:
    I am a huge fan of Marvin Gaye. “Trouble Man” is one of my favorite Marvin Gaye songs. The lyrics of the song embody my life. I am “Trouble Man.” I have endured adversity and that adversity has made me stronger. I am not shying away from past and I continue to grow.

    Loop 21: Who are some of the artists you collaborated with on the CD?

    T.I.:
    I have so many people: Usher, Trey Songz, Young Jeezy, Cee-Lo, B.o.B, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West, to name a few. I recorded the title song with R. Kelly. I have a song with Andre 3000 called “Sorry.” It’s about why I should not be sorry for anything that I’ve gone through. I have no apologies.

    Loop 21: The second season of your reality series “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle” debuts September 3. Was it difficult having cameras following you constantly?

    T.I.:
    We had a great time as the cameras captured me getting acclimated to being home during the first season. It was very natural. We did not do anything special for the cameras and the cameras did not change or affect anything we do on a daily basis. The cameras were not an inconvenience in any way.

    Loop 21: How do you feel about the response to the series?

    T.I.:
    The fan reaction was very positive. They were inspired and said it was a breath of fresh air in reality shows. I was flattered. It gave people a true understanding of my life. There has been a lot of speculation about me. This shows the real T.I.

    Loop 21: Last year you published your first novel Power & Beauty about two teenagers in Atlanta who lose their mother and the street hustler who takes care of them. You told me you wanted to do something to make your fans read more, something that would appeal to people in the hood as well as college students. How did you feel about the reaction to the book?

    T.I.:
    I was proud of the popularity of the first book. But people were upset by how it ended so hopefully it will motivate them to get the new book.

    Loop 21: The lead characters in Power & Beauty are separated for years and when they finally plan to reunite at the end of the book, Power is suddenly taken away. Your follow-up novel Trouble & Triumph will be in stores September 18. Give us a preview.

    T.I.:
    It is a continuation of Power & Beauty. It answers the questions from the first book. Writing fiction is different for me than writing raps because my lyrics are reality, what really happened in my life. Fiction is a totally different look. In Trouble & Triumph we see their love lives and see if Power and Beauty reunite.

    Loop 21: Your second wedding anniversary was July 30. Did you celebrate?

    T.I.:
    We celebrated in Napa Valley. We went horseback riding, rode in a hot air balloon and did some wine tasting. We are looking forward to the third anniversary. We are blessed and we have survived so much adversity.

    Loop 21: As you’ve previously stated, you don’t shy away from your past. You've served time for selling drugs and possessing firearms. Do you have a message about the dangers of being involved in drugs and guns?

    T.I.:
    I am not in a position to preach to people about drugs and guns. I am not qualified to tell people what to do. I am still trying to get myself together. I am not a role model. The dangers are obvious.

    Loop 21: When you returned from prison last year you said you did not like the state of hip-hop. This is a quote: "What the game is going to and what it has evolved into from a personality standpoint, it goes against what I represent. What I embody, this game contradicts that. I want out.” How do you feel now?

    T.I.:
    When I got out, hip-hop had changed so much. Everything was overwhelming. What I said was a natural reaction. The people responded, saying they needed me in the game. They said the way I was representing, I was an inspiration to them and they needed me. That inspired me to stay in the game.

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on September 7, 2012 - 12:06pm

Via Loop21:

Loop 21: The second season of your Chicago-based television drama “Boss” debuted August 17 on Starz. Why did you decide to accept a recurring role in the series?

T.I.:
It is one of the best shows on television. It has phenomenal acting and a great storyline. It is a phenomenal opportunity to work with great actors like Kelsey Grammer (who portrays the Mayor of Chicago) and Sanaa Lathan. My character Trey Rogers is a former gang banger with political aspirations. He’s trying to move up in the world and open doors in City Hall.

Loop 21: You plan to release your eighth studio album Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head in the fall. Why did you name the CD after the Marvin Gaye classic song?

T.I.:
I am a huge fan of Marvin Gaye. “Trouble Man” is one of my favorite Marvin Gaye songs. The lyrics of the song embody my life. I am “Trouble Man.” I have endured adversity and that adversity has made me stronger. I am not shying away from past and I continue to grow.

Loop 21: Who are some of the artists you collaborated with on the CD?

T.I.:
I have so many people: Usher, Trey Songz, Young Jeezy, Cee-Lo, B.o.B, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West, to name a few. I recorded the title song with R. Kelly. I have a song with Andre 3000 called “Sorry.” It’s about why I should not be sorry for anything that I’ve gone through. I have no apologies.

Loop 21: The second season of your reality series “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle” debuts September 3. Was it difficult having cameras following you constantly?

T.I.:
We had a great time as the cameras captured me getting acclimated to being home during the first season. It was very natural. We did not do anything special for the cameras and the cameras did not change or affect anything we do on a daily basis. The cameras were not an inconvenience in any way.

Loop 21: How do you feel about the response to the series?

T.I.:
The fan reaction was very positive. They were inspired and said it was a breath of fresh air in reality shows. I was flattered. It gave people a true understanding of my life. There has been a lot of speculation about me. This shows the real T.I.

Loop 21: Last year you published your first novel Power & Beauty about two teenagers in Atlanta who lose their mother and the street hustler who takes care of them. You told me you wanted to do something to make your fans read more, something that would appeal to people in the hood as well as college students. How did you feel about the reaction to the book?

T.I.:
I was proud of the popularity of the first book. But people were upset by how it ended so hopefully it will motivate them to get the new book.

Loop 21: The lead characters in Power & Beauty are separated for years and when they finally plan to reunite at the end of the book, Power is suddenly taken away. Your follow-up novel Trouble & Triumph will be in stores September 18. Give us a preview.

T.I.:
It is a continuation of Power & Beauty. It answers the questions from the first book. Writing fiction is different for me than writing raps because my lyrics are reality, what really happened in my life. Fiction is a totally different look. In Trouble & Triumph we see their love lives and see if Power and Beauty reunite.

Loop 21: Your second wedding anniversary was July 30. Did you celebrate?

T.I.:
We celebrated in Napa Valley. We went horseback riding, rode in a hot air balloon and did some wine tasting. We are looking forward to the third anniversary. We are blessed and we have survived so much adversity.

Loop 21: As you’ve previously stated, you don’t shy away from your past. You've served time for selling drugs and possessing firearms. Do you have a message about the dangers of being involved in drugs and guns?

T.I.:
I am not in a position to preach to people about drugs and guns. I am not qualified to tell people what to do. I am still trying to get myself together. I am not a role model. The dangers are obvious.

Loop 21: When you returned from prison last year you said you did not like the state of hip-hop. This is a quote: "What the game is going to and what it has evolved into from a personality standpoint, it goes against what I represent. What I embody, this game contradicts that. I want out.” How do you feel now?

T.I.:
When I got out, hip-hop had changed so much. Everything was overwhelming. What I said was a natural reaction. The people responded, saying they needed me in the game. They said the way I was representing, I was an inspiration to them and they needed me. That inspired me to stay in the game.

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