Back in the day, T.I. had to grind harder than ever in order for his self-proclaimed "King of the South" title to be taken seriously. It wasn't hard once his Urban Legend album made him a platinum-selling artist, but the waters he had to tread along the way were in no way shallow. Click the article below to read the original version of Position of Power from the May 2005 issue.

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