While rapper T.I. serves an 11-month bid for violating probation with a drug arrest, his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle sat with VIBE magazine to talk the early days of their romance and how she was responsible for its slow start.
Though she’d met him in the studio and heard his music, it wasn’t until they encountered each other in the mall that they exchanged numbers and began speaking on the phone regularly.
She also added that at times she’d skip a few of their scheduled dates.
“T.I. always says I gave him such a hard time when we first met and I did… I stood him up a couple times. When I met him, I was kinda on hiatus, I’d broken from Xscape, but I had co-wrote the song “No Scrubs” for TLC, so you know, I was living good and doing my thing…”
While Tiny says she still felt like he was a “boy”, at show at Atlanta’s “The Bounce” on Bankhead, the King of the South proved his manhood on the stage.
“…it was jam-packed outside, it was crazy and I’m like, ‘All these people here for this guy?’ We went in there and he tore the house down. And I was like, ‘OK, I think I like him.’ [Laughs] He’s got something there.”
T.I is set to be released from prison in September of this year.