T.I. Makes First Talk Show Appearance Since Jail Stint On “The View”, Talks Relationship Book
T.I. hit up “The View” today to talk about his new fictional novel, “Power & Beauty,” which he says he wrote much of during his last jail stint.
Cliff hit up “The View” today to discuss his latest novel and also his 11-month sentence and how he’s going to keep himself out of trouble. He told Barbara Walters and the ladies:
In order to have a different result, you’ll have to take a different approach. Staying clean and sober.
And about people’s criticms of why he keeps getting in trouble over and over again, he responded:
It should be taken into consideration how long, before becoming T.I., I was living the life I was living. Since I was 14, 15, 16 years old, and I’m 31 now. Now, I broke the habit. It was a whole discipline factor.
Peep the full clip above.
T.I. also spoke with Huff Post Black Voices this week about his return to the game and his upcoming reality show. Here’s a few quotables:
On the synopsis of your novel, “Power & Beauty”
“Power & Beauty” is a fictional story that I collaboratively came up with, with David Ritz, and we set out to make a story about real characters living in the world that I’m all-too familiar with, and the conflicts and challenges that they experience as young teenagers. Or basically, going from their teenage years and being thrust into adulthood by real-life tragic circumstances and the decisions that they make which shapes the rest of their lives.
On his post-jail life
It felt wonderful just to put my feet back onto the ground on this side of things. And everything that came with that was wonderful. For me, that performance was one of the things that came with it that week. I also enjoyed going to my son’s football game. I enjoyed sleeping in my own bed. I enjoyed opening my refrigerator, changing the channel on my television — you know, just the small things in life. And hitting the stage was just one of many things that I was able to get back to and enjoy that week. Actually I hit the stage a few times. Taylor Swift hit me up and we did our thing at Phillips Arena the day after [my release], I believe.
On what fans can expect from his upcoming reality show
We are doing a television documentary, basically a peek inside our life. But the term “reality show” has such a horrible stigma to it. The term “reality show,” I feel that it insults the integrity of all of the hard work, effort and energy. And just the passion that a true artist puts into what we really do. Anything that I do is going to be of a certain standard and a certain quality that I feel the term “reality show” conflicts with that. So I ain’t going to call it that. It’s a television show that me and my family are doing, it’s called “The Family Hustle.” And basically it gives you a peek inside my life and shows you that I’m responsible for shaping and molding lives, personally and professionally. Personally, everyone in my family got something that they’re trying to do and it’s my job to take their desires and passions and cultivate their success. And also how to balance my personal life and obligations at home as a son, as father, as a husband, as a friend. As well as how to balance those with my professional obligations. A lot of people always say, “Hey man, how do you always stay so connected with your family and keep strong family ties and still rip and run, and do stuff professionally? How do you work as hard as you do and still stay so present?” And I think this kind of answers their question visually.
On if the kids will learn about his incarceration on the show
Without question. I’m an honest, open father. I’m as transparent as I can be with them understanding. They know that I’ve done things in life that they are not to ever do. And they know that I’ve lived a lifestyle that I worked hard for them not to ever have to experience. I stress the point of accountability, of being held responsible for your actions and having to reap what you sow.
Check out the full interview HERE.