T.I. called in to the Hot 93.7 studio for an exclusive interview with Jenny Boom Boom, and he talked about his recent release, Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, and his inspiration behind the track “Hallelujah.” He also discussed season three of T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle and more upcoming projects.
T.I. is definitely proud of his latest album, Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head— which has been in the works for the last sixteen months. “I am honored. I feel pleased and blessed that I am able to do what I love eleven, twelve years later, eight albums in,” he said of the release.
The rapper explained that every album release is special. “Just the thought or the feeling of people receiving your work and then seeing your vision the same way you saw it… They are actually feeling it the way you meant for it to be felt… I think as an artist nothing can compare to that.”
T.I. is no stranger to difficult times and he stated that getting through these times was the inspiration behind his album, and specifically the track “Hallelujah.”
“I touch on a lot of things throughout the album, from a lot of different perspectives and reflections,” he stated.“I don’t want anyone to ever misconstrue the fact that I know that my lord and savior and the grace of god is what enabled me to endure all these circumstances –and remain strong as a human being.I want people to know that I don’t think I am that gangster or that I am just that lucky… ‘Hallelujah’ is my dedication to that.”
Along with the new album, the rapper has been busy filming the VH1 reality series T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle. The show recently wrapped up its second season and T.I. let us in on if we should expect a season three of the series. “We are trying to figure that out right now,” he explained. “Right now we are in the midst of contract re-negotiations and right now everybody is signed out except Major. Major has very, very strict demands. It’s not a really a money thing, he is not very concerned with money. He said he doesn’t want to be interrupted when he is playing his video games, and he doesn’t want to wear a mic,” T.I. joked. “I have officially stepped back. He is going to handle the situation by himself.”
Moving past just reality TV, T.I. joined the cast of the STARZ political drama Boss earlier this year. However, the series was recently cancelled after only two seasons. The rapper said he was open to starring in another series, but he is mainly focused on the big screen. “There’s a possibility… I won’t turn anything down,” he said. “My main focus is film, first and foremost. I am looking into developing more television shows both reality and scripted. I can’t speak definitively on the next moves that we will be making, I will just make sure that you know that there are moves to be made.”
Listen to the full interview here: