There are two sides to [artist id="1225081"]T.I.[/artist], and ever since his 2003 breakout track "T.I. vs. T.I.P.," the Atlanta rap star has been exploring this duality. With the premiere of his new VH1 reality series "T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle," T.I. is showing yet another side — the family man. So how does he balance it all?
"That's when I go home," T.I. told MTV News of his role as a husband and father. "You ain't gonna hear that music on that mixtape or this album."
On New Year's Day, T.I. dropped his F--- da City Up mixtape, and next up is his eighth solo album, Trouble Man. Tip, who has never shied away from putting his street persona on display, makes it clear that there is a distinct line between "T.I. the rapper" and "T.I. the father figure." What fans see on TV isn't necessarily what they'll get when they listen to his new records.
"When I go home, that's who I am, what you see on the show. Now, what you're gonna hear through them records is when I hit the streets, when I'm out movin' and groovin' — this is the person that must maintain this personality because it's a cold world out here," he said. "At home, I could be Mr. Harris or Daddy or whatnot, but when I'm out here in these streets it's gonna have to be Tip because that's what it takes to make it out here."
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