Check out T.I. on the November cover of Complex Magazine. Very interesting article considering the circumstances…
On how the streets have changed:
Is there a character in American Gangster you would parallel to your days in the trap? I can’t even compare myself back in that day simply
because it was a whole other day and age. When I was doin’ it, it was chaos. Real talk, it was easier then, too. Not taking nothing away from them ’cause they started it, but the police wasn’t hip to everything. By the time I started hustling, the police had cameras, the Internet, and forensics. [Back then] you could kill a nigga at six o’clock in the morning on his doorstep and long as nobody seen you, you good. Now you got cameras on street lights. I feel like if I was a hustler back then, I’d have a way better shot at it. People actually respected the game. Whereas when I was a hustler, a nigga would do anything for a dollar. Period.
On Luda’s Manager he smacked:
Have you seen [Ludacris’s manager] Chaka Zulu since you had an altercation with him back in June? I’ve seen him, but I didn’t speak to him. That situation was whatever. If you come out your face and say something, then you can expect me to go off. You should watch your mouth. I think my manager spoke to him. I got a great life and wonderful children, and I do intend to be here to guide them for the rest of their lives, and that’s what’s most important to me. Maybe when I was 18 or 19 runnin’ the streets and shootin’ pistols, but I’m not gonna blow that for one of these cats who don’t happen to live by the same principles as me. (Source)
Isn’t the tagline “T.I. -Home for the Holidays with the American Gangster” ironic?