By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Rapper T.I. isn’t one to hold back his true feelings about any topic. In fact, it’s always been T.I.’s ability to be so transparent that made his reality show centered around his family a huge hit for VH1, and it’s no doubt the rapper’s choice to let the cameras in to witness his family life most likely increased his own fan base. However, when you’re a rapper who’s considered to be street like, a reality show that draws parallels to the Cosby show could make it a little hard to still be seen as a tough guy. Apparently that’s how T.I.’s former record label Atlantic Records saw things, and in a recent interview T.I. confirmed his reality show created some issues with the label. He tells XXL Magazine:
“Nah, they hated it. Labels love hardcore T.I. That keeps the cash register ringing. They don’t want me to go to prison and caught though. They want me to be the Teflon Don, and I can’t blame them. That sh*t’s sexy. But I’m older, man. I’m wiser, I’m calmer… I’m better, stronger. I’m ready for whatever tomorrow got coming.”
Regardless of how Atlantic Records felt about T.I.’s change, T.I. says he’s proud of his growth. When asked if he thinks he’s changed, he says:
“I do, but a lot people want to take that change and connect it to entertainment. “Oh he got all this money and changed, or “He got in trouble so he changed.” When I got introduced to the game, I was 19. Right now I’m 32. You could take anybody man, police, fireman, journalist, radio personality, actor, producer, from 19-32, he’s gonna change. But my change is publicized. So instead of connecting it to a natural, organic growth, they want to connect it to prison or something else.”
T.I. is currently looking for a new deal with another major label, but he is also considering going independent.