T.I. Dishes Advice On Finding The Perfect Man In Rolling Out Magazine
T.I. knows how to hustle.
The King of the South went straight from behind bars to starring in one of VH1‘s top-rated reality series, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle. With television tackled, the rapper hopes to reign supreme once more on the charts with his latest album, Troubled Man: Heavy Is The Head, which arrived in stores on December 18th. And, in a sit down interview with Rolling Out Magazine, the rapper revealed how his stint in the slammer almost derailed his musical career.
“When I went to prison in 2009, I had so much resentment for the system. When you’re in a certain element, you can exercise certain strengths. But when you place me in a jungle and it’s all about survival, I’m going to have to posture myself in a way I’m fit to survive,” T.I. confessed in the feature. “By the time I came out of prison, my mind-set was different from when I went in. Prison did me no good. But personally, I regressed completely. There was a point when I lost the passion for music. It was after the King album when I lost my best friend, Philant [Johnson]. It’s something else when you have someone die who you have known since 6 years old. Psychologically, it messed me up. I shut everything off. I found myself mourning and I didn’t appreciate all that I was given.”
Thankfully, the love Tip held for his family, including six children and his wife Tiny, inspired him to get back on track. “I I only had myself to worry about, I’m good—for a minute,” he said. “But I have to consider that I have six children, a wife, momma, cousins, aunts and uncles. I have people depending on me. When I look at it like that, the money isn’t as long because it’s not just me. Most folks are saying they’re rich because they only have themselves to account for. If they took care of their responsibilities and were really being a man about it, they would be out working as hard as I am. So, I have a reason to stay hungry when it comes to music.”
In the enlightening interview, T.I., who admits that Tiny is his one true love, also dishes out advice to women hoping to find their King. “I hate to tell them something to do to get a man, and when they finally get that man they find out he’s not the man they should have gone after,” he explains. “But you have to really get to know the person you think you are in love with. Learn who they are. Spend time with them. Because a person can only perpetrate for a certain amount of time. And one thing to always remember, you never really know a person until you watch them when they don’t know they’re being watched. If there was a hidden camera in the room, I would be the same way I am when we’re together. How you see me, that’s how I am.”
Read the entire interview with T.I. on RollingOut.com.