T.I. Announces Release Date & Title For New Album
The ATL return of The King is catching headlines with his break out post-prison announcement... The new shit!
After dropping the trailer to his “F*ck A Mixtape” video [below] thanks to DJ Drama and his Gangsta Grillz series, T.I. has now announced the name of his next studio album. King Uncaged will be released as scheduled for August 24th.
[Peep the latest track and first interview below.]
'Love Again' by T.I. (with The Dream)
This is the first live interview with the rapper since his recent April, 2010 release from a year and a day bid inside.
T.I. gets live 'n effect locked up again in the studio recording his verse for B. o B's 'Bet I Bust' for his debut "B.o.B Presents: The Adventures Of Bobby Ray" [in stores April 27th]
Late post, i know - however it's really only relevant when there's an album or show to promote. Welcome back Tip - [Rip, Ed]
Video: T.I. Talks New Album
The next album is going hard! "Classic T.I."
Breaking News! T.I. Released From Prison
by Danielle Canada December 22, 2009, 18:04pm
"The king's baaaaack!" That's the latest catch phrase buzzing through Atlanta as news is spreading that T.I. has been released from jail.
As previously reported, T.I. was expected to be released shortly from a federal prison in Arkansas to continue to serve his sentence in a halfway house. Now just six days later, that day has finally come.
The announcement was made official through Grand Hustle executives and affiliates.
Amir Boyd, head of Marketing and Promotions for Grand Hustle, announced it through his Twitter saying, “The KING is home y'all! Merry Christmas!”
Comedian Lil Duval, who is signed to the Grand Hustle emblem chimed in on the celebration saying, “Tip is free now all u losers ass rappers can clock out. GRAND HUSTLE got it from here...”
He also made sure to mention while the King is home, he isn't completely free of the shackles of the legal system. He added, “Hold dont get it twisted tip is free but he ain't free free yet.”
Video: "Remember Me" by T.I. & Mary J. Blige
T.I.'s Final Performance
Hours prior to being handed down sentencing of one year and a day in federal prison. Rapper T.I. surprised the Atlanta crowd with an impromptu show Friday, March 27th alongside Grand Hustle's newest star B.o.B.
T.I. is slated to clock in for his bid no later than May 19th this year.
T.I.'s Last Press Conference Before Prison Bid
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Rap star T.I. was sentenced in Atlanta federal court Friday to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay a $100,300 fine on weapons charges related to purchasing machine guns and silencers.
The rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, reached the terms of the sentence in a plea agreement with prosecutors last year.
"I would like to say thank you to some, and apologize to others," Harris said at his sentencing. "In my life, I have been placed in the worst-case scenario and had to make the best of it," he said. "Most often, things I have learned have been from trial and error. I knew no way to protect myself than to arm myself." He was dressed in a grey suit and black shirt and tie.
Harris, 28, also was sentenced to some property forfeiture, supervised release for three years after his prison sentence, 365 days of home confinement and 1,500 hours of community service. He has already served 305 days of home confinement and 1,030 hours of service. He also must undergo DNA testing and drug counseling, cannot own firearms and must submit to reasonable searches and a financial audit.
"We are very pleased with the result in this case," U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias said. "Mr. Harris has received a significant penalty for the serious firearms offenses he committed.
"His prison sentence was reduced from what it might have been, but the public got something very significant in exchange: the extensive and unique community service program that Mr. Harris committed to doing when he pleaded guilty.
"By all accounts, his community service has been a remarkable success -- it certainly exceeded our expectations -- and there is still more to come when he gets out of prison."
T.I. Checks Into Prison On The 27th
With his grill up on the front cover of April's Vibe, T.I. The ATLien geek, soon-to-be inmate is doing all he can before lock-up on the 27th of this month.
TI wants the world to understand there is no “snitch” in him:
In a recent interview with Vibe, T.I. addressed the rumours of him being a snitch. “Ain’t no such thing as a secret snitch,” T.I. said. “If there was there’d be no need for the witness protection program. Pull up my agreement….… It’s public record. Ain’t no way you could hide it, especially being a public figure. And as much as people saying that it is happening, don’t you think somebody would have did the research to say, ‘Okay look, we got proof, here it is?’ People just know that it could have been a lot worse and they wanted it to be a lot worse, but lies will never overrule the truth.” The rumours began when T.I. was given a year in federal prison after being caught in possession of assault weapons. He could have been charged with possession of a fire arm by a convicted felon, a charge that carries a sentence of 6 to 10 years in federal prison. A lot of people speculated that T.I. received such a light sentence because he was cooperating with the government. In a song called You So Tuff, 50 Cent makes what some believed to be a reference to T.I.’s one year sentence. “Shit ain’t adding up get knocked with 10 machine guns only get 12 months/ I got the best lawyers that money can buy they said they could get me 10 or maybe 9/ I ask them well how you think homie breezed they said either you keep your mouth shut or you eat the cheese.”
He will stand before an Atlanta, Georgia judge on that date will officially be sentenced to jail. Real name Clifford Harris, will spend one year and one day in prison handed down after pleading guilty to possession of unregistered weapons. He will have to complete 85% of his sentence before being released.
Detox Track! Dre featuring Nas & TI
Seasoned fans know better by now than to get too excited when material that's destined to appear on Dr. Dre's Detox leaks. No matter how dope a track may sound, there's no guarantee that it'll really end up on the good doctor's infinitely delayed album. Indeed, the very fact that you're hearing a Detox demo may make it less likely that that song will ever see the light of day: Rumour has it Dre has scrapped months of studio work in frustration at seeing snippets leak to the public in unfinished form. So take all that as a word of caution before listening to "Topless," the totally awesome alleged Detox demo featuring T.I. and Nas that leaked yesterday. (Check it out below; some NSFW language.)
Here's one glaring hint that "Topless" is an incomplete demo: Dr. Dre doesn't actually rap on it. Instead, the song opens with T.I. delivering a sick verse that's evidently meant to come out of Dre's mouth. ("Look, Eazy, ain't a damn thing changed, I promise/Still live like we did back on Straight Outta Compton...") It's widely known that Dr. Dre gets the best lyricists in the game to draft verses for him -- check how he flowed exactly like Eminem on "Forgot About Dre," or like credited co-writer Jay-Z on "Still D.R.E." How cool is it to hear T.I. demonstrating his ghost-writing contribution first-hand? Nas' guest verse, on the other hand, seems intended to be rapped by Nas as-is, and it's another winner, packed with the kind of intricate imagery that only God's Son can pull off.
And the beat? Well, it's one of the best things Dre's done in years, all dusty piano keys and boom-bap drums. Those sounds have more in common with the golden age of New York hip-hop than with the glossy synth melodrama of most post-2001 Dre productions -- a welcome evolution for an NY head like yours truly. But like I said, I'm going to cut myself off before I get too psyched about this track, only to be disappointed when a completed version never materializes. How about you?
"Topless" by Dr. Dre (featuring Nas & T.I.)
Interview: T.I. with Carson Daly
T.I. on Last Call with Carson Daly. His reality show, 'T.I.'s Road To Redemption' counting down 45 days till lock up, opened last night.
Lil Wayne & T.I. Top Billin' Mastertone Sales In '08
In the new computer age, the greatest vehicle for music consumption is done through ringtone sales. It has become a more accurate way of counting an artist or groups popularity status by downloaded ringtone units. Neilsen's RingScan (used for calculating ringtone sales) reports, Hip-hop is accountable for thirteen percent of the top 100 mastertones sold in 2008. The top three belong to hip-hop aswell.
Top honours go to Lil Wayne as the most purchased ringtone of '08. His "Lollipop" track was downloaded 2.36 million times, with a margin of one million plus over runner-up, T.I. whose "Whatever You Like" took 1.62 million purchased downloads.
Flo-Rida followed behind in third with "Low" which came a fraction under T.I. by .02 million units.
The 100 top mastertones of 2008 sold a collective 43.8 million copies, estimated at 26% of all ringtones sold that year.