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    T.I. continues to soar from one level of stardom to the next with ease. In the late '90s, he was a street hustler certifying himself as a trap star. Tip's 'hood stardom rose in 2001 when his plans to earn money legitimately culminated in the release of the heralded underground gem I'm Serious. His next LP, 2003's Trap Musik, was a critical success and came close to selling a million copies once his third single, "Rubber Band Man," took off.

    Last year Clifford Harris Jr., a.k.a. the King of the South, solidified himself as one of the top-ranked MCs in the game with Urban Legend. If anyone had any question as to whether his 'hood appeal could translate into pop-star status, all they had to do was look at his heavy rotation on MTV, his platinum plaque or his mingling with perennial A-listers like Diddy, Jay-Z, Destiny's Child and Will Smith. Smith is one of the producers of Tip's debut film, "ATL," which hits theaters March 31, three days after the release of King, the LP he promises is his best yet.

    "I ain't supposed to be in no movie," Tip said, reflecting on how far he's come. "I came from nothing. Literally nothing. One of my best friends is doing life right now. Another one of my best friends is dead. My cousin is dead. It could have been me. I stood next to n---as that got hit. Been in shootouts, shooting out with n---as in the middle of the streets. Thank God, period, for everything."

    With music and movies on his plate, Tip hasn't lost perspective on what his top priority is: being a father to his four kids, Messiah, 6; Domani, 5; Deyjah, 4; and the child who partly inspired his latest album's title, King, 2. Here Tip explains to MTV News' Shaheem Reid why he's not afraid to lose his cool as an actor, why making movies isn't everything, why King is worthy of such a regal title, and what his number one rule of fatherhood is.

    MTV: King shows maturity. It has a universal feel, especially the lead single, "What You Know." That really feels like "the king is coming." It's very regal.

    T.I.: When I was making it, I thought, "It's got to be the best." Everything I thought I could have done different on other albums, I tried to do it here. Everything. People liked "U Don't Know Me," so I gave them sh-- like "Top Back" and "I'm Straight." ... N---as like sh-- like "Prayin for Help," so I gave them "GoodLife" and "Live in the Sky." Every song from throughout my career that people like from me, I tried to give them a better version. Every single type of song you could learn to love from T.I. has been reincarnated and mutated into something better.

    MTV: There's a record on the album called "I'm Talkin' to You" where the speed-talk flow is reminiscent of what you used on "I'm Serious." A real crazy record. But there have been so many people talking on the Internet, trying to figure out exactly who you are dissing on the track. Some took it as being just a general warning, figuring that you come from the same cloth as LL Cool J, in that if you had a problem with somebody, you'd say their name.

    T.I.: Absolutely. I don't throw rocks and hide my hands. I just touched on all the topics that people comment on. People say, "How can he call himself the King of the South and everybody that could possibly be a contender is cool with him?" So I was touching on that. Then, ever since me and [Ludacris] had our falling out, they're like, "What's up with you and 'Cris?" N---as wanna hear me touch on that. Some n---as out here, bullsh-- journalists, write in their story, " 'Cris ate T.I. [and Tip] ain't do 'Cris like he did Flip." [They] just wanna keep up some sh--. They just want to keep us in some beef. That's more or less what fueled the fire on that song.

    And n---as who don't rap. N---as who people don't know. I might be in a certain city and certain town where I might get into it with a n---a. I just beat a case where a n---a was trying to sue me, saying I allegedly shot at him outside a club. It's things that go on day to day throughout life that people wouldn't know about. When I'm saying sh--, if I know nobody else knows you but me, then it doesn't make sense for me to say your name.

    MTV: Not saying a person's name, not giving them that acknowledgement could hurt them even more.

    T.I.: They be like, "I just got roasted and didn't get the fame for it."

    MTV: Things are going great for you. You have one of the year's most anticipated albums, and your first movie, "ATL," is about to drop. Are the people in Hollywood up on T.I. the rapper? Can they quote your lyrics?

    T.I.: [He laughs.] Nah. Hell nah. They probably know "Bring Em Out" and "U Don't Know Me" [or my guest spot on Destiny's Child's] "Soldier." But they ain't finin' to holla, "T.I. vs. T.I.P."

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    MTV: A lot of rapper/actors — pretty much all of them except for 50, Will Smith and Eminem — had the luxury of being a co-star in their first movie. But "ATL" absolutely centers around your character, plus you had a cast of mostly newcomers to play off.

    T.I.: I'm blessed and honored. A lot of people went to bat for me, Will Smith included. [Director] Chris Robinson included. Dallas Austin, T-Boz. A lot of people. The people that was spending the money on the movie was like, "I'm not comfortable spending $50 million on a n---a that hasn't even graced the screens before." But a lot of people stood up for me. Like, "He don't fail. I don't give a f--- what it is, if he says he can do it, he can do it."

    MTV: How many times did you have to audition?

    T.I.: At least six times. Four readings and two screen tests.

    MTV: Humbling?

    T.I.: Absolutely. These mutha-----s don't think nothing else is going on in the world except movies. I told them I had to go to my probation officer one day when they wanted me to come to the set. I think my call time might have been 9 a.m., and I was like, "Well, I can't get here till 10 'cause I have to see my PO." They was like, "Well, don't he know you're shooting a movie?" I was like, "Hey, man, these are legalities." It was innocent enough because they just don't understand. To them, this [movie] is everything. It means something to me, but it ain't everything.

    MTV: For the people who haven't seen the movie, you really had to get your acting on, because in real life, you're not too much like your character, Rashad. At one point in your life, you probably were more like Big Boi's character, Marcus.

    T.I.: I would have been Marcus or even Ant if the movie was patterned after me. ... [Unlike Rashad,] I never did go work for nobody. I always went out there and made a way for myself. I really wasn't like one of them characters. There's pieces of my life I can remember relating to Rashad. Like, I've been the man of my house since I was 13. I felt the need and want to provide at an early age. ... But no one character describes me, how I came up.

    MTV: The movie is definitely not a skate flick. Skating is really a small part of the movie, but there are scenes when you have to get your roll on like a professional. How long did it take you to learn how to skate?

    T.I.: From March till June. We did that sh-- a long time.

    MTV: Although skating was big in the A, you don't strike me as the type to get out on the rink floor and skate.

    T.I.: We came specifically to hang out. Even if I did skate, I probably had a girl out there. I had to lose my cool to learn how to skate, period.

    MTV: So what is next for you in Hollywood?

    T.I.: We're developing a few films. I'm trying to figure out exactly when I'mma have time to do it.

    MTV: Obviously King is a huge priority.

    T.I.: I have to ride this one till the wheels fall off.

    MTV: Another priority is your kids. They're getting older now. Are they into all the movies and music?

    T.I.: My kids, they ain't seen the movie. I'm Daddy at home. We don't really talk about music. Every now and then I might catch them checking out a video. I'll catch them listening to a song. When we're in the car, and I'm listening to some of my music, they'll say, "Is that you, Daddy?" I'll say, "Yeah." They'll say, "Cut it up." That's the most of it. When I'm out, people ask for autographs and take pictures. They understand that. But Daddy is Daddy — it don't have nothing to do with what I do for a living.

    My middle son Domani, who just turned 5, every time I call him, he'll ask me what I'm doing. I'll say I'm working. They'll ask me, "Why you working all the time?" I'll say, "Well, somebody's got to pay for all these games you have." They know I'm away all the time working. I think they think movies are just made. I don't think they fathom what it took to make them. When Daddy was away, every day last summer, that is what he was doing. They didn't put that into perspective yet.

    MTV: What's the most important part of fatherhood for you?

    T.I.: Being there is the most important part. As a man and as a provider, I put so much emphasis on providing and making sure all my children didn't have to go through all the sh-- I went through. And providing luxuries and so on and so forth. That's important, but being there is the most important thing.

    http://www.mtv.com/bands/t/ti/qa_fea...6/index2.jhtml

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    • #3
      Album was not really that good, both King and Urban Legend
      Originally posted by iSquidgey
      but if theyre hot they automatically make good music

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      • #4
        man, he STILL isn't addressing who he's talkin' about in "I'm Talking To You"? fuck it, i'm just gonna assume he's talkin' about Lil Wayne.
        The Myth of Chopper City Suit

        "Chuck Norris once tried to put on a Chopper Suit. Scientists think that this may have caused the big bang."

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        • #5
          still waitin on tips clothing line

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          • #6
            Propz
            Life is what happens to you while your busy making other plans.

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            • #7
              I thought his album has good
              "Let no man seperate what we create"
              "Makaveli 1996"

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