Jay-Z and Kanye, Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″, Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame: Could [artist id=”1225081″]T.I.[/artist] and [artist id=”3238990″]B.o.B[/artist] be next?
Since Tip’s release from prison in September , the Atlanta rapper has been keeping busy in the studio, churning out collaborations with the Throne, Young Jeezy, 2 Chainz and Big K.R.I.T. But T.I. tells MTV News’ Sway that fans may hear a lot more from him and Bobby Ray.
“We been goin’ in. We’re actually flirting with the idea of doin’ an album together called The Man and the Martian,” T.I. said when he appeared Wednesday on Shade 45’s “Sway in the Morning.” “We just been compiling material, he and I together, and it’s coming out real good.”
As far as deciding who is the man and who will play the martian, T.I. left things open. “Well, we interchange,” he explained. “We can do role reversal, we have the morphing ability.”
Collaborative rap albums are a definite trend and while T.I. admits that he has been inspired by the Throne, and Em and Royce, he said he has always wanted to do a combo album with another artist. “Of course they did inspire me, but I always have wanted to do a collaborative album. Even back when Jay did that with R. Kelly,” he said. “I spoke to Usher about doing one of those before; the stars and the moon hadn’t aligned appropriately.”
T.I. revealed that he first spoke to Usher about doing a joint LP back in 2007 or 2008, and though it didn’t materialize, the MC would still be down to tackle the project. The Grand Hustle CEO was also very clear that none of the aforementioned plans has gotten past the idea stage. “Even this, this is a conversation that we had, this is an idea,” he said about the possibility of a B.o.B record. “It’s not set in stone, it’s not concrete as of yet.”
Catch MTV News’ Sway Calloway on “Sway in the Morning,” on SiriusXM Radio’s Shade 45, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon ET.