By Carter Maness
A contemporary renaissance man, rapper T.I. is joining the cast of the Starz television series "Boss" for a recurring role as Trey Rogers, a former gangbanger that's striving for a career in City Hall.
The political drama, which stars Kelsey Grammer as Chicago mayor Tom Kane, is set to pair Tip with Rotimi, who plays a character called Darius Morrison. T.I. will play his cousin in the program, and the duo has already collaborated extensively after meeting during the show's initial run.
"I met Rotimi during the filming of the first season. I found out [he] does music. He came to the studio. We hung out," said T.I. in a special preview. "After that, I asked him if he would consider doing some modeling for my clothing line. We sold a considerable amount of clothes based on that campaign. He wears a mean shirt!"
For Tip, who has also appeared in "American Gangster" and "Takers," acting provides a rush that's completely different from what he's most known for. "It's rewarding in a different way," he said. "It's completely different from music."
The second season of the Golden Globe-nominated series will premiere Friday, August 17 at 9PM ET/PT on Starz.