Indy: In listening to your latest effort, T.I. vs. T.I.P. , it seems like you're showcasing an introspective side we haven't seen before.
T.I.: Anyone who has followed my career for the last year and a half or so has seen there has been as much tragedy as triumph, so this album was a narration of what I've been going through. I feel like it's my best work yet, hands down. It's definitely the most of myself I put into an album.
Indy: And now you're performing at the Back to School Jam in Englewood. Talk about an amazing bill Beyonc, T.I., Ciara, T-Pain and Snoop Dogg. What attracted you to this gig?
T.I.: I feel like the problem with music right now [is that] there aren't enough events where you remember where you were when this happened. No one of us can do that on our own. It takes a movement to create that ambience.
Indy: We see you're adding acting to the rsum, with American Gangster due out this November.
T.I.:I'm very proud of it. It's very prolific, and I feel like this is The Sopranos for our genre, for black people. It's The Departed for this year. I can't put it into words. I don't think anybody is really prepared for what they're going to see in this film.
Indy: Sounds like acting is more than a hobby ...
T.I.: Well, I'm passionate about both of them [rapping and acting], and it's proven I'm good at one. I'm looking to prove that I'm just as good, if not better, at the other one.
At Englewood's Coors Amphitheatre, Aug. 29.
This show at Stargazers with the Charlie Milo Trio will be broadcast live on local…
This is awesome! Excited about the new music and adventures for his year!
Thanks so much!!!