Hip-hop’s newest trend seems to be peace-talking press conferences, and now ATL rapper T.I. has joined the fray, squashing his rivalry with Lil’ Flip. Following their street scuffle in Flip’s hometown of Houston last month, the rappers sat down in a closed-door meeting, according to sources close to both MCs, and put an end to their beef. And now, with all that noise in the past, Tip is forging ahead with several new projects.
First up is the Pimp Squad Clique, T.I.’s four-member Atlanta collective, who will drop their debut album, 25 to Life, on June 28. That title has nothing to do with doing time, however — the album’s name is drawn from the fact that each squad member is under 25. “Set It Out” will be the first single, a video for which is in the works.
“The PSC album is coming in June, you gon’ love that,” T.I. boasted. “It’s really something for the streets, probably the most gutter album you’ll hear me on.”
The multi-tasking MC also shared that Hollywood is hunting him down.
“We got like six or seven movie opportunities, one of them is ’Shottas 2′ with my man Cess [Silvera],” said a shirtless T.I., with diamond chain blinging. “He also wrote a movie for me called ’Grand Hustle’ and that should begin production in the summertime. I’m meeting with Joel Silver, who [produced] ’Lethal Weapon 4,’ about doing something with Mike Epps. A lot of opportunities are presenting themselves.”
But before all that, Tip is scheduled to shoot his next solo video, for “ASAP,” next week. He’s thinking about possibly attaching PSC’s clip for “Set It Out” on his vid’s end.
T.I. is also settling into his fourth solo album, which he’s calling The King. The rapper said with a smile to expect a surprise on his follow-up to Urban Legend.
“On my next album … I’m not gon’ tell you because it’s gon’ be monumental,” T.I. teased. “I won’t say nothing about it, because somebody might beat me to it. But The King album is coming soon.”