NEW YORK — While his band and [artist id="1829009"]DJ Drama[/artist] took a break, [artist id="1225081"]T.I.[/artist] stood in S.I.R. Studios, practicing for a dance battle with [artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist].
"That's exactly what I'm doing," the always cool King of the South joked before busting out a few moves.
Tip's friend C. Breezy has nothing to worry about. The playful choreography isn't that great. What Tip was really rehearsing for was his musical performance on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend.
"We just putting on the hits, baby," he said with a smile when asked to reveal his set list. " ... The good ones."
MTV News did walk in on him going through "Whatever You Like." For the other song he'll be rapping, check out "SNL."
Tip and his band might be heading out on a tour come 2009.
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[artist id="1243444"]Young Jeezy[/artist] have both told MTV News they would be willing to do a huge outing with the Rubber Band Man. T.I. agreed that it would be great.
"I'm definitely down to do it," Tip said of the tour. "Those are definitely two people who are up there when you talk about Southern performers. I'm definitely open to do it. We just gotta figure out what makes the most sense as far as getting it done."
"First of the year" would be the Atlanta native's ideal launch date, with the trek lasting a couple of months.
One person from Atlanta you probably won't see on that A-Town tour is Shawty Lo. Lo's camp and members of T.I.'s Grand Hustle clique got into a couple of scuffles during last week's Dirty Awards in Atlanta. During the first altercation — which happened before T.I. even got in the venue — chairs went airborne. During the second scuffle, fists and pepper spray went flying. In between the chaos, T.I. and Shawty Lo actually had a closed-door meeting about quashing their differences.
"We spoke," Tip said. "I don't know what that conversation meant. Shortly after we spoke ... I felt that that conversation, those words, weren't upheld. It was just a lot of nonsense. There's no place in my life for that. There was a time in my life where I wanted no more than to indulge in that kind of activity. I went around looking for it, welcoming it. Now, I just done blown way past that. There's no place in my life for it. What I told him really was, 'I'm not trippin'.' "
Tip and Lo have been going back-and-forth on record for more than a year, mainly over Lo's jabs that Tip really isn't from the 'hood he claims to be from: Bankhead.
"It's been over for me," Tip said. "I'm looking way past this. I got way too much stuff that I'm involved in, that I'm looking forward to, to even be bothered with it. I wish you the best. Go do your thing. Peace unto everyone."
Tip claimed that Lo's words were insincere, because after that meeting, another fracas occurred.
"[After we talked], me and my artists go out there to do our song, and there's a lot of negative feedback from right here in front of the stage," he said. "That kinda sparked some things that I, once again, cannot condone, support or entertain. So I had to separate myself form the whole situation.
"I'm done," he added. "Like I said, it's a non-issue for me. I'm cool. I'm not trippin'. I wasn't trippin' before then, and I'm not trippin' now."