T.I. is on the cover of the new Complex magazine. Everyone can appreciate the “Home for the Holidays with the American Gangster!” line. After all this is time for the big movie push that T.I. should be on the streets promoting face to camera, mouth to MTV/106 and Park microphone. Circumstances don’t make that possible.
Magazines are generally prepared two, sometimes three months in advance. I’m thinking that only applies to interviews and stories, went it comes to covers, there can be some tinkering til the last minute. “Crimes and Hard Times”? <
< Not even about him, but tell me your eyes don't go there first.
In the article T.I. speaks on what kind of gangster he would have been in the early 70's, Frank Lucas's time. We'll assume he wouldn't have had the urge to become a part of the P-Funk/James Brown/Motown scene, then factor in his current situation, yeah, he's speaking from
the left ventricle. Don’t you love Wiki?
Is there a character in American Gangster you would parallel to your days in the trap?
“I can’t even compare myself back in that day simply because it was a whole other day and age. When I was doin’ it, it was chaos. Real talk, it was easier then, too. Not taking nothing away from them ‘cause they started it, but the police wasn’t hip to everything. By the time I started hustling, the police had cameras, the Internet, and forensics. [Back then] you could kill a nigga at six o’clock in the morning on his doorstep and long as nobody seen you, you good. Now you got cameras on street lights.
I feel like if I was a hustler back then, I’d have a way better shot at it. People actually respected the game. Whereas when I was a hustler, a nigga would do anything for a dollar. Period.”