NEW YORK — The King of the South ruled the Big Apple last night as T.I. brought a live band to lower Manhattan's Capitale to perform a "secret show" sponsored by Axe deodorant body spray. The show was Tip's first since returning home from prison several months ago.
Wearing a hoodie, Tip addressed the crowd from the side of the stage before coming out. "Y'all act like y'all scared to get this muthaf---a started," he said. Moments later, the King came out to "I'm Back." Tip took off his hood to reveal a red Anaheim Angels hat, then started "Beat Down Low."
The star of the upcoming film "Takers" (due August 24) then leveled the venue with a flurry of his street classics including "Rubber Band Man," "24s," "Ride Wit Me" and "U Don't Know Me." The transitions were seamless and Tip was in prime form, sounding crisp and full of energy. The Grammy winner did take a couple of breaks though, to let his guests rock.
Tip then shared a mini-set with his Grand Hustle artist
Tip returned and asked could he get his grown man on.
When Tip was at a point in the concert when some artists began to falter and lose the fans' attention, T.I. went in the opposite direction and turned up the dial.
From there, the catalog kept rolling with vintage records like "Swagger Like Us," "ASAP" and "Live Your Life."
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