Clifford ‘T.I.’ Harris remains one of my favorite artist! The rapper/actor/author/designer/reality star has managed to turn a life that most would call bleak, into an empire. His VH1 show, ‘The Family Hustle,’ opened up the hearts of many fans who may have thought he was just a rapper with a criminal record. Although he is an ex-con and a former drug dealer, he has quickly become the most likable ‘thug’ on the planet, and he proves every day that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. The well spoken father of 5 is extremely intelligent and his career is now transitioning from rap into movie star. Much like his counter parts, Will Smith, Queen Latifah and LL Cool J.
I have been a fan of T.I.P. since 2001, when I was first introduced to his first album. However, he didn’t become ‘famous’ until a few years later when his first film, ATL hit theaters and his song ‘Rubberband Man’ along with the album went platinum. I recently sat down with T.I.P for the second time and we spoke about him re-visiting that role of Rashad in ATL 2 (now in production) and what advice he has for his kids when they are dealing with haters and bullies. And in true CNikky fashion, I had to have a little fun with him. Watch as we make a re-mix to one of my favorite songs of last year, ‘If It Ain’t About The Money,’ for the soundtrack of his new movie starring Kevin Hart and Will Ferrel, ‘Get Hard!’ I realize that I have no sense!
What advice do you have for haters and bullies?
“Haters first of all are people who kind of envy your advancement or progression. So, you gotta kind of expect that. The only way not to have those is to not be successful. And bullies, I think they feed off fear, so as long as you show that you’re bothered or somewhat perturbed, or fearful of their antics, they’ll continue. And when that ceases, they’ll stop.”
How has Rashad evolved for ATL 2?
“I think Rashad has maintained all of the integrity that he had in high school and he’s evolved in the sense that he is doing part of what he loves. You know? And he has a decision to make on if he will continue to do it this way or take an opportunity to do something different.”
We can’t wait to see what happens in ATL 2!!
As far as ‘Get Hard,’ is concerned….I have to be honest and give it 2.5 Reese’s out of 5. T.I. is excellent and his performance stands out as one of the most honest in the film. While Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell are both comedic genius’s the script felt like it was written by a group of people with no realistic view of black people or prison life. It was extremely stereotypical and in many parts, just plain old stupid. Kevin Hart is better than this type of film. The trailers make it look way better than it actually is. Dissapointing.
GET HARD is in theaters now!
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