Reporting Scott T. Sterling
With the country still embroiled in social and political fallout from George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the Florida slaying of Trayvon Martin, Atlanta rapper T.I. did not mince words when asked about his response to the verdict.
“Man, it was some bulls**t,” said T.I. during an exclusive interview with Power 98 “Morning Maddhouse” DJ No Limit Larry. Larry caught up with the rapper backstage at the station’s Summerfest 2013 concert, which hosted Lil Wayne’s “America’s Most Wanted” tour featuring T.I. and 2 Chainz when it touched down in Charlotte, NC.
“My hat goes off to the Martin family, because if it was me and my child, there wouldn’t have been no trial,” T.I. continued. “I’d have been on trial. It would’ve been the trial of the father who killed the man who killed [his child]. That would have been my story. My hat goes off because [the Martin family] are much more clear and level-headed thinkers than [myself].”
T.I. went on to discuss the many projects he’s got coming throughout the rest of the year, including the current third season of VH1 reality show T.I & Tiny: The Family Hustle, which depicts the rapper and his wife Tiny raising their six children.
“We’re celebrating the kids going back to school, because they’ve been home all summer and it’s time to take their asses back to school,” he joked. “So they can get out of my house, messing up my hallways, marking up my floors and leaving food on my couches…one day they’re going to get older and they’re going to be able to do something for themselves and get them some money. As soon as they buy something they really, really like, I’m going to go spill something on it.”
The rapper, who is featured on Robin Thicke’s smash hit of the summer, “Blurred Lines,” was just as eager to talk about a slew of new releases from his Grand Hustle label, including current mixtape Grand Hustle Presents: G.D.O.D. and upcoming records from B.o.B, Young Dro and breakout female rapper Iggy Azalea.
Also on this year’s release schedule is Trouble Man II: He Who Wears the Crown, the sequel to T.I’s most recent full-length, 2012’s Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head, which he says will be in stores no later than December of this year.
“I’ve been working on this one since the last one dropped,” T.I. revealed. “I haven’t decided exactly where I’m going to take (the new album) yet as far as a company for distribution, but wherever I take it, there’s going to be some happy people in that building.”