T.I. made a surprise appearance at the 2010 Essence Music Festival.
The rapper, who I spotted backstage chillin with his boo Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and Grand Hustle funnyman, Lil Duval, hit the stage with Mary J. Blige for a crowd pleasing performance of their smash collaboration, “Good Love.”
T.I. hit the red carpet alongside his fiance’ Tiny and their kids PLUS the “OMG Girls”. Tiny, who was spotted solo at an L.A. area Mall ‘shakin’ it up for an audience, cleaned up well the red carpet appearance with her boo.
A rumor is circulating around the “A” that Tip has canceled the couple’s wedding plans Continue Reading…
CNN’s T.J. Holmes was the last to interview T.I. prior to his reporting for his year and a day jail sentence. Now he revisits Tip, 7 months later to see how he’s changed. Tip discussed how his prison sentence changed him mentally and spiritually, stating:
I survived it and I’ve been able to use it to my advantage to make myself a better person…. I’m more concerned with my LIFE than I am My IMAGE. My image will be a reflection of my life and how I’m living. I feel like if I make the necessary adjustments in my LIFE then my IMAGE will change with it.
Speaking of images, Tip explained that he has a passion for music but he doesn’t see himself on stage at 40 plus. Music industry dudes have no hours and he wants more of a family life and stability right now:
I’m not going to be the 40 year old rapper. That’s Jay. He’s doing it very well but I just don’t see that for me. If I had the option of Jay-Z or Will Smith…. I think I’d go with Will.
I have a lot of respect for Jay-Z and his legacy but I feel like Will Smith gets to spend more time with his family. He gets to be home more and can actually raise his kids.
He has more of a HOME life…. and the money don’t hurt. $20 Million a flick ain’t bad!
Props to my boo Killer Mikeaka Mike Bigga, who has a steller performance on T.I.’s “F*ck a Mixtape” CD! Adamsville’s finest joins the Kang of Bankhead for what is fast becoming another A-Town favorite and everyone is taking notice.
On the song, “Ready Set Go” (produced by No ID), Tip provides impressive ad libs while Mike reminds us how he lyrically KILLS the game!