Last week, T.I. revealed that he’s teamed up with another powerful collaborator for his next LP, King Uncaged.
“I just left Hawaii with Kanye,” Tip revealed when we met up with him in Hollywood on the red carpet for the world premiere of “Takers.” “We did six records.”
Over the weekend in Beverly Hills, where the Atlanta MC continued to promote his film — due in theaters August 27 — Tip elaborated a little bit more on his sessions with one of the great producers and MCs in music. The King of the South said he’s anxious for the world to hear his new records.
“Well, Kanye, man, he’s a phenomenal talent,” Tip said. “It goes without saying that it’s combustible energy [when we’re in the studio]. I’m excited to present it.”
Back in June, T.I. lavished similar praise on another artist appearing on his September opus: Lady Gaga .
“She’s a phenomenal talent, and I think that talent transcends through all genres, all races, all religions, all countries,” he complimented.
Although no final track listing has been announced, judging by the preliminary round of interviews alone, the album sounds like it could be Tip’s biggest yet. Swizz Beatz, Timbaland and Eminem are also among those who’ve had sessions with him.
“I reached out to Em,” Tip explained in May. “My management reached out to his management, just in hopes of getting him on a record. Em personally reached out to me, and we been speaking ever since, especially since I went through my situation [with having to go to prison]. [He would] just kinda remind me that ’I’ve been through dark period in my life too. You’re gonna make it. You’re one of the ones we need, so you’re gonna make it. Stand tall and walk the walk.’ He just made it a point to always reassure me of the spot that I hold in this thing that we got called hip-hop. It was incredibly helpful. It was incredibly noble of him, in my eyes, to even take the time out to reach out to me.”
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