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T.I.: I Don't Need Awards Like Kanye West

T.I.: I Don't Need Awards Like Kanye West

T.I. takes front and center on the other side of the double-sided cover for Rap-Up (Christina Milian is the other cover star).

The 28-year-old rapper reflects on the biggest year of his career, his impending jail sentence, the effect it will have on his family, and how the King always gets his way.

On how his children are going to deal with his time in prison: “My oldest is 12—she understands. She’s strong and smart. The three weeks I was in, before I got to come home, she said to me, ‘Don’t worry. I’ll hold things down ’til you get back.’ I’m more worried about how my boys are going to deal.”

On how the recession has affected him: “I think I’d be selling more houses had the economy been in better shape. I think I’d be selling more records had the economy been in better shape. I’d be selling more clothes, too.”

On what it would take for him to be conceited like Kanye West: “Selling a billion. At about a billion, I think I’d be pretty hard to deal with.”

On winning awards: “No disrespect to Kanye, but that kinda stuff just don’t mean nothing to me. Whether or not I win an award, I mean that’s nice, but at the end of the day I understand that I’m a man. What being a man means to me is not defined by an award or an amount of records sold.”

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  • Mark

    hahahaah. T.I. is awesome. I saw him on Rodeo Drive in Bev Hills like a month ago yelling at 2 girls he was with so funny. Check out the pics I got of him. Classy guy

  • Jessica

    hahahha. Mark, I love how T.I. was yelling at his girls. Do rappers still sport that old school polo shirt? I guess so!! Tupac and Biggie would never be dressing like that if they were still around.

  • brie2009

    T.I. is awesome!

  • brie2009

    T.I. is awesome!

  • Lauren

    Luvvv T.I
    and his album paper trail

  • Jean

    On how the recession has affected him: “I think I’d be selling more houses had the economy been in better shape. I think I’d be selling more records had the economy been in better shape. I’d be selling more clothes, too.”

    What a sad, stupid, sorry idiot.

  • Kally

    This guy is HOT! short, but HOT!! :lol:

    I like his answer about the awards… very clever answer!! ;)

    PS: I hate haughty people like Kanye West so T.I you should disrespect him!…He deserve to be disrespected by everybody for being so selfish!! :(

  • taylorswiftfan

    Stacks on deck
    Patron on Ice

    T.I can have me….


  • i hav obsessesivdisneydisorder

    my brother says he sucks and i agree because he can’t make it in the business if he can’t have competition and who doesn’t want awards?

  • taylorswiftfan

    are you serious #10

    T.I. is one of the most successful artists out there… period.

    He never said he doesn’t want awards. He is just saying that awards do not validate him as an artist.

    The competition in the music industry is ridiculously fierce.

  • LuckyL

    Whatever, at least Kanye hasn’t gone to jail. That’s more respectable any day.

  • taylorswiftfan

    It’s not like Kanye has never been arrested #12

    At least T.I. is taking responsibility for his mistakes which is more than I can say for most people.

  • stella11215u488

    am I the only one that noticed that T.I. is only 28…but has a 12 year old daughter??? which means he probably got a girl pregnant when he was 15 and became a daddy at 16

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  • tana

    I HATE rap music but I like T.I.

  • guest

    just love him…

  • jasmin

    i love you t.i. you’re the sexiest man alive.

  • tell the truth folks

    You might not need awards, but you obviously need attention, or else you would not be publicly mentioning Kanye West.

  • lakers fan in boston

    fuck kanye’s stupid bitch ass
    altho i think t.i. is ok i prefer his rapping to kanye’s anyday
    fuck kanye!

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  • isa jonas

    OMG T.I is hot