T.I. Opens Up at VH1′s ‘Storytellers’ Taping

Last night (August 24) at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom, T.I. performed in front of a packed house for the taping of his episode of VH1’s Storytellers.

During the two-hour session, the King performed nearly a dozen records from his lengthy catalogue, speaking candidly to the audience in between each in order to give an added back story.

There were somber moments when Tip delved deep into his personal life, like when he performed “I Still Luv You,” off of 2003’s Trap Muzik. He managed to balance those well, though, with complimentary party moments, such as “Bring Em Out,” and with jokes he cracked when discussing his many run-ins with the law.

The goal was to give his fans a window into some of his songs that they would not have otherwise had, and he was able to do that on many occasions. “When we said we were gonna work together for this project, the record I anticipated us doing is not the record that turned out,” T.I. said of his collaboration with Justin Timberlake, “Dead and Gone,” which peaked at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, from 2008’s Paper Trail. “It ain’t always about being gangster,” he continued. “Sometimes, it’s about being a grown man.” There were many other moments like this, including when he explained his thinking behind singing on “Whatever You Like,” which also peaked at No. 1.

VH1 Storytellers: T.I. will premiere on Friday, December 10th at 11 p.m. EST on VH1.—Adam Fleischer

  • matty21

    damn wish i culda been there

    • Kimmy

      I was there and it was OFF THE CHAIN!!! HE LIKE 10 or 12 songs!!! SO AMAZING!!!!

      • matty21

        mannn! fuckin awesome! lucky you! lol… i see he performed “I still love you” I culdnt believe when i saw that, i’ve never herd of him performing that song anywhere else or any other time at a show, dats just da shit, period, i would’ve loved to see that…n i would love to talk 2 u about it in person and find out what it was like and what went down, i’d really be curious to hear something like that, and it would be interesting to talk 2 some1 that was there!…

  • smashin

    should be called “police station storyteller”.ssssssssssssssnitchin.

    • Vegeta

      You still on that? Guess what? no one with a life gives a fuck..The nigga makes good music and is one of the few mainstream rappers worth listening. If he snitches during day and kills people at night time is irrelevant. It’s entertainment. Don’t model yourself or your kids after T.I. , listen to the music.

      • 41feva

        Real Rap/Hip Hop is all about how true a dude really is. Fuck that fake shit. And no, he didn’t snitch. He said he bought the guns for himself. In Georgia, their gun laws are not as crazy as Cali or NY or DC. He admitted that if he was caught in CA or NY he would be going away for a minute – do your research u punk ass pussy faggot. Everybody in Georgia probably has a shotgun and a handgun here or there… shit I would if it took those dumbass country POlice an hour to get to your house if you called 911.

        • Vegeta

          The definition off ‘real’ is not universal, it’s relative. What is real to you may be fake to the next nigga. That all ‘keep it real’ motto ignorant people with no schooling came up with is one of the main reasons Hip Hop is fucked up. Too many studio gangstas trying to ‘keep it real’.

          T.I. is dope and makes dope music. That’s what’s important. The rest is irrelevant.

        • matty21

          real quick: all ya’ll about ‘keepin it real’ in and out of music, and ya’ll saying its ‘JUST’ dope music and ‘JUST’ entertainment and nothing else matters… all not true, t.i. stands for something outside of music as a man… watch him in interviews, watch how he carries himself in real LIFE…na he aint no gangster no more man, da music is ART man, its emotion, its how u feel, its a lot of things, its a branch and an extension of your life in artistic form…he does things like a G if u ask me, as in “respect me and i respect u” and he follows da G-code in real life, he’s a hustler and handles his business, and he holds down his family and takes care of his kids(once again, keepin it real in real life and in your music)… and u said “keepin it real” is not a universal term: if u know what it means it is… t.i. keeps it real in his music, AND IN HIS REAL LIFE…i classify that as(in real life): “staying humble, no matter how big u get, staying in touch with the people and the struggle” and “Giving back” t.i. does community activites all the time and GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY ‘IN REAL LIFE’ THATS KEEPIN IT REAL TO ME, so dont sit here and tell me its just music and its just entertainment… t.i. really livee that shit, of course he has grown up, like he was supposed 2, and like we are all supposed to, i mean the guy has 5/6 kids and a wife IN REAL LIFE, u grow up, and u PROGRESS as an ‘ARTIST’… T.I. IS AN ARTIST, DONT 4GET THAT, and as an artist, you are supposed to flex that artistry to the MAX! GO WHERE EVER IT TAKES U, yes it is entertainment and art, but its an extension of his life and he really lives it and has from day 1, unlike a lot of others…and back to keepin it real IN REAL LIFE… t.i. gives back period, he helps kids in Atlanta and ALL OVER AMERICA… Atlanta, da city loves him for a reason… he does construction in the area he was from, he has raised the value of property and all things in bankhead and that area, he built a club there, and at the club he holds community events all the time… thanksgiving: he’s giving out turkies and hes at the events himself handing out food to the poor, homeless, and needy…he’s actually THERE GIVING BACK, there physically in the flesh, giving back, watch the videos if u dont believe me, its on record; if that shit aint keepin it real i dunno what is… and i think those who dont think giving back like that is keepin it real, then they dont know what it means to quote “keep it real” the term is just so overused and so many people seem to not know what it really means..he holds community events all da time and BBQs and all kinds of shit like that… if all that aint keepin it real, then i dunno what is? i think a lot of people just have a misconception of what “keeping it real” really means, i mean what it really really means, dats why dey say “real recognize real”…and to go along with that “fake recognize real too i think lol” but 4sure “real recognize real” and i see it… and all that shit i mentioned above, t.i. does in REAL LIFE! he keeps it real and true to himself in REAL LIFE…and if that isnt universal, then once again, i dunno what is and u dunno the definition…keepin it real is universal if u understand what it really means…so he 4sure keepin it real in da streets, with the people, and with himself(most importantly)…it is most important to keep it real with YOURSELF, dont forget that either…so we got da keepin it real in real life down pat and it IS UNIVERSAL, there is no other way to define the things he is doing and has done… and we all know, t.i. keep it real in da booth 4sure, and it is art…but he keeps it real in his art becuz “HE SPEAKS HIS MIND” AND “TELLS IT LIKE IT IS” AND “CALLS IT HOW HE SEES IT” and he “talks about how HE personally feels about things, issues, and people; he talks about the things he has been thru, goes thru, or sees on a daily basis” t.i. keeps it real in and out of da booth… if u take time to read this long post, u will get that t.i. is “keepin it real” and has been from day 1… t.i. is keepin it real in da community and in da BOOTH, and has been from day 1… and if u take the time to read this long post: if u didnt already know, u will know the difference between it just being hot music and JUST entertainment, and the rapperz really living the shit in real life, and the rappers KEEPIN IT REAL IN REAL LIFE, u will learn(hopefully) t.i. is one of them and u will understand y… and hopefully you will learn a little about what it means to keep it real in REAL LIFE, and what it means to keep it real in your art and on da mic, and maybe, just maybe, YOU too will be able to ‘recognize real’ as “real recognize real”…

        • http://XXXLmag.com Datboi

          @matt21 – You sir deserve the comment of the year award…..I couldn’t say it better myself

        • matty21

          haa i dunno about all that lol, but thanx man… i appreciate that! just da truth tho, right? u know, and, just have to find da right way and da right words to put it, which is hard sumtimes!… thanx bro

    • http://XXLmag.com Datboi

      LAME…..your one of them internet shit talkers that he was talkin about in his recen issue of XXL

      • Vegeta

        Word.

  • G*SWIFT

    HEY ALL Y’ALL NIGGAZ SHUT DA FUCC UP CUZ TIP DID SNITCHED ON DA PHILANT SHOOTIN IN CINCINNATI BCUZ HIS HOMIE GOT KILLED & HOMIE TESTIFYIT’S SAD BUT DAT AIN’T GANGSTA & ON CAMERA I COULDN’T IT WHEN I SAW IT ON YOUTUBE CHECC IT OUT TIP TESTIFIES 4REALZ I MEAN DA REASON WHY TIP IS OUT BCUZ HE SOLD HIS SOUL TO DA ILLUMINATI 4 A LIGHTER SENTENCE & I DON’T WANNA CEE HIM IN PRISON BUT LET’S GET REAL WERE ADULTS NOW SO THINK A LIL BIT WE ALL FALL VICTUMS TO THIER IMAGES WHILE THERE CHARACTER SEEMS OUT POCKET BASICALLY TIP WAS REAL TO ME UNTIL DA HEAT ROSE & CUZZ DID A WHOLE 360 ON HIS KING OF DA SOUTH CAMPAIGN I’M FROM DA WEST COAST IN LA THERE’S ONLY 3 STRIKES POLICY TIP WOULDN’T HAVE EVER MADE IT AS A RAPPER BCUZ TIP WOULD BEEN DOIN LIFE U CAN’T BE A 7′X TIME FELON IS U CRAZY LOC DA ONLY REASON TIP DIDN’T ON SNITCH ON DA GUN POSSESSION CHARGES BCUZ HIS INFORMANT ASS BODY GUARD SNITCHED FIRST & NEED I SAY MORE 4 DA ATL CRIME STOPPER COMMERCIAL I WAS THREW HOMIE CALL IT HATTIN FUCC U CUZZ I GOT NIGGAZ DOIN FOOTBALL NUMBERS OUT HERE IN CALI !!!!!!!!!!! STICC 2 DA MOVIES TIP BCUZ U A GREAT ACTOR AS A FORMER SUPPORTER I CAN’T FUCC WIT’CHU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://XXLmag.com Datboi

      …..lame

  • Calm Down

    Niggas is hurt lol

  • Lol at the super saiyan name

    Yo son u still on dragon ball z. lol sorry interupt ur mind cuz i know u readin this But TI is realer than most of these niggas in the rap game, even the tight lipped(non snitchin) hoe niggas. whether he did or not thats my nigga, he aint snitch on me and i dont know about it. His music is for grown niggas, ( because i aint no millionaire and og mega dope dealer I kant get her whatever she likes and I don’t know about that Mad gangster shit in “What u know about that”) But u get the mental. Only God Knows. At least he aint a hoe nigga and fag like industry busters.

    • Vegeta

      Nah, these days I’m on ‘Naruto’. ‘Vegeta’ is just a username. I don’t give a fuck less if T.I. snitched or not. It’s not my life. I like his music though.

      • http://XXLmag.com Datboi

        You ain’t neva lyin’

    • matty21

      eww i feel dat… REAL TALK! all of it

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    december?damn!

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  • sarare

    so what?

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  • antb

    T.I. DIDNT SNITCH HES ONE OF DA BIGGEST STARS IN HIP HOP DNT U IDIOTS THINK SMOKING GUN WOULD PUT HIS ASS ON BLAST! WHO IS HE GONNA TELL ON? HES DA BOSS! BUT I DO THINK ILLUMINATI HAD A MAJOR PART IN HES LIGHT SENTENCE!

  • Anonymous

    mmm

  • matty21

    and ‘long story short’ (my boy brought this to my attention yesterday)… T.I. is da dude u can still sit down and have a convo with, he seems like a dude u could talk 2…no matter how big he is and how much of a superstar he is, u could as a man talk 2 him, n dats real… (he aint too big and didnt let dat shit get 2 his head and it doesnt look like he’s ever going to, few(that got this big) have been able to do what we’re witnessing, ever in history, and few(that got to that level) have had it in them to keep it going, stay real, maintain sanity, and just keep getting better w/o it going to their head, and its lookin like da king got that in him, im just speculatin, and he can continue to prove me wrong lol, i think he’s special and has that in him)….not like SOME of these others who look @ us people as pee-ons n shit cuz they’re rich n we’re not, like their better than some1, like their too good to talk to any ‘regular person’, while T.I. represent and IS HIMSELF that ‘regular person…T.I. IS NOT da ONLY one doing it like dat, but he is ONE of them… “do it for da OGz n da TRUE MCS”…”I got da throne and I aint sharin it, except if its with da real niggaz who I know I represent” dats “keepin it real” and its “UNIVERSAL” no matter where u go, “real recognize real”

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