This past weekend, Atlanta's hip-hop community rolled out a regal red carpet for the return of a King. After T.I. was released from prison last Thursday, the King of the South was quick to make his presence felt publicly. With a few club appearances, song releases, radio interviews and, of course, a comeback performance at the taping for the October 11 BET Hip Hop Awards, T.I.'s actions suggest that he's ready to reclaim his throne.
And when he spoke to MTV News the King was noticeably humbled by the love ATL has shown him in the short time since his return.
"I feel phenomenal. But I've always been the kind of guy — I never really get a chance to soak up the feeling of the moment because even as we speak, I'm planning for the next moment," T.I. said during a Sunday brunch for his Akoo clothing brand on Sunday. "I'm looking to the future and trying to just move forward, just moving forward. I refuse to remain stagnant."
Last Friday, the day after his release, Tip gave Atlanta's V-103 his first post-prison interview and premiered his new single "I'm Flexin'." Later that night, the Trap Muzik MC made an appearance at Club Esso and followed that up the next day with an opening slot (along with Young Jeezy) at BET's Hip Hop Awards. The night still wasn't over, though, as he headed to an awards-show afterparty with Diddy. He topped that all off with the Sunday brunch and a surprise performance with Taylor Swift when the country star's tour hit Atlanta that day.
What a week!