Behind the scenes footage of T.I. shooting his cover for Rap-Up’s Winter 08/09 issue, on sale now, has been posted at the Atlanta rapper’s MySpace TV channel. The ‘Live Your Life’ chart-topper talked about collaborating with Nelly, his relationship with Ludacris, below-the-belt rumors, and buying out entire first-class cabins and hotel floors for his family vacations. “I heard I had committed suicide. I heard that I had 30 years. I heard I was less man than I am, when nothing could be further from the truth… I’m talking endowment wise. I have been called a lot of things before, but that is literally below the belt.” Watch it below.
T.I. talked with ATL Hustlers about his start in the game, fellow Atlanta rapper B.o.B, and the future of Grand Hustle. “B.o.B is one of the most diversified, most talented, most lyrical artists to come out of the south in awhile,” T.I. said. “I’m lookin forward to releasing, introducing, presenting his projects to the world… He’s got everything you could possibly ask for in a hip hop artist. Even if you want some gangsta sh**. He’s gonna give you gangsta sh** through his eyes. I’m real proud of B.o.B.” Watch the comments via vbox7 below.
Rap acts on television this week include:
Lil Mama, who performs on ‘The Bonnie Hunt Show’ (Syndicated) on Monday.
T.I., who performs on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ (Syndicated) on Monday.
Q-Tip, who performs on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ (NBC) on Monday.
Bow Wow, who performs on ‘Kids’ Inaugural: We Are The Future’, a concert honoring military families airing on the Disney Channel on Monday at 9:30 PM ET/PT.
Jay-Z performs and Nick Cannon DJs on ‘The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration’ (ABC) on Tuesday at 8 PM ET/PT.
Soulja Boy, who performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC) on Tuesday.
LMFAO, who perform on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ (NBC) on Tuesday.
Footage of B.o.B recording at Grand Hustle Studios for lock down week has been posted online. B.o.B was joined by T.I. and Young Dro. Check it out below.
Footage of T.I.’s visit to Salvin Shoes in Hartford, Connecticut to promote his Akoo clothing line has been posted at the Atlanta rapper’s YouTube channel. Watch it below.
Young Jeezy, V103’s Frank Ski, Kevin Liles, T.I., and Ludacris were on hand for a rally on Monday night (December 1) for a rally to elect Jim Martin in his U.S. Senate bid against Saxby Chambliss in today’s runoff in Georgia. “This has been a red state for quite some time and it’s extremely important we get out and vote tomorrow,” Luda said. “I know a lot of people have misconceptions about it being a veyr long line. It’s not gonna be as long as it was when we went out there and voted for Mr. Obama. So it’s extremely important for everyone to get out there, and I will be leading by example and be on of the first ones in line.”
“If we want something better, we’ve got to do something better,” T.I. said. “And to be perfectly honest with you, this nation was built on democracy, and with democracy, you appoint your leaders. The nation has appointed our leader.” The rappers then met with the rallygoers and spoke with the media.
Video at YouTube has since been removed.
Footage of T.I. performing ’56 Bars’ and ‘What Up, What’s Haapnin” at his Myspace Show in West Hollywood’s Key Club has been posted at the rapper’s YouTube channel. Watch it below.
T.I. turned the tables on Sister 2 Sister Magazine publisher Jamie Foster Brown after she read a text message from ex-pimp Bishop Don Magic Juan, with Jamie revealing she’s been to his house and seen the Bishop’s pajamas. Maino, who was also present for the interview, talked about how he met T.I. and how T.I. has influenced him and discussed his single ‘Hi Hater’. Watch two interview clips below.
T.I. recorded a spot aired on ‘Total Request Live’ on Wednesday (November 5), reacting to the election of Barack Obama as the 44th U.S. President. The Atlanta rapper, who documented his visit to the polls to cast his vote in Atlanta, told viewers, “I want to thank all the young people out there who made it their priority to stand in line, to make their vote, respect their vote. Appreciate you. Real talk, man.” Watch the clip below.
Teen.com caught up with T.I., where the rapper talked about wanting to be a positive example, working with Chris Brown on the new movie ‘Bone Deep’, and speaking at high schools about the value of an education and being responsible for your actions.
The brief interview at Teen.com has since been removed.