T.I. and Soulja Boy will join Nelly, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Common as performers at the second annual BET Hip Hop Awards. The event will be hosted by comedian Katt Williams and will be taped at Atlanta’s Civic Center on Saturday, October 13 and air on BET on Wednesday, October 17 at 8 p.m. EST. The BET Hip Hop Awards will also feature appearances by artists such as Wyclef Jean, Cassidy, DJ Premier, Joell Ortiz, Kardinal Offishall, Lil Mama, Ras Kass, Stat Quo and Phonte of Little Brother.
Even though T.I. just released “Hurt” as his next single off his latest album, T.I. vs. T.I.P., that isn’t stopping the ATL native from already recording new material for his next LP. Grand Hustle CEO, Jason Geter, told Billboard.com that T.I. has already hit the studio and is looking forward to reuniting with producer DJ Toomp this time around. To the dismay of many fans, Toomp, one of Tip’s longstanding producers, was absent on T.I. vs. T.I.P. In addition, another Grand Hustle artist, DJ Drama, will release his debut LP, Gangsta Grillz, in December. A video for the album’s lead single, “5,000 Ones,” which features T.I., Diddy, Twista, Yung Joc, Young Dro and Willie the Kid, will be shot later this month.
Another artist who is hurrying back into the studio is Houston native Paul Wall. Even though the Iceman released his sophomore album, Get Money, Stay True, he is already hard at work on his next LP. While the album is still untitled, according to MTV News, drummer Travis Baker will produce the majority of it. “Paul usually stays around the same element,” Barker told MTV. “Most of the Houston stuff is slow and real feel-good. This has faster tempos. Still feel-good, but it’ll be different for Paul.”