A heavy press push, from ABC’s The View to hitting every rap and entertainment site in between, Tip has been feverish in spreading the word of his new release, and the difference in talking about legal problems versus the album is like night and day. When you see T.I. in interviews he’s happier. He smiles more, and seems to utterly enjoy himself.

And so it makes sense that on that night at his Los Angeles listening session, he boasted an unapologetic celebratory stance. “He inspires me because he never quits,” says Tiny. “If it’s something that he really believes in, he’s going to go to the end for it and that makes me wanna do more. That’s motivation for me.”



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