T.I. Covers Upscale Talks The Shift In His Image & Getting Major To Do The Show

September 27, 2013  |  

For their October issue, T.I. covers Upscale wearing a leather jacket and that Crest smile we’ve come to love. Inside the issue, the rapper turned reality star spoke about music executives missing out, the way his image is changing and how the producers manage to get his youngest son, Major, to cooperate and agree to be filmed for the show.

First he explains how he asked Warner Chapel, his music publisher for $7 million dollars and they refused.

“They said, ‘Nah, no.’ And I said, ‘Ok, cool’ and we walked away amicably. And now the Robin Thicke record was the number one record in the world and I am the sole publisher because they didn’t want to cash me out. So thank you, Warner Chapel.”

Woop. Looks like someone missed out.

Then he spoke about being known more these days for being a father.

“I guess a lot of things I’ve done in my career that I’ve gained attention for I wouldn’t have never really concluded that would’ve been a probable outcome… I guess [being known for being] a husband and a father is better than the guy with the machine guns and silencers.”

On turning down a million dollar record deal.

“I get that from The Family Hustle and we’re not even talking managers cut, that’s just me—not Tameka—that’s just what I’m getting,” he stresses, making sure his point is felt. And it is. “I can get that on my own, I can get that on tour.”

On convincing Major to get mic’d up for the show:

“Sometimes he just doesn’t like to be fooled with, like, ‘I’m not into it today… I don’t force him to do nothing. I let [the production crew] handle that. For a while Gushers worked. He was like, ‘Ok, I’ll do one scene for a pack of Gushers and then the Gushers stopped working. One time they came and said, ‘If you come down we’ll give you five dollars’ and he said, ‘What?! I’ll give you five dollars.’”

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  • Ms. Kameria

    T.I is so handsome on that cover. He has a very pretty smile.

  • Kaho’olawe

    I’ll this much – T.I. needs to get his kids more focused on their education.

    • sunny

      maybe you don’t watch the show I’ve seen it twice and seen the episode where he showed he don’t play about the grades… but here is a secret you must not have figured out… LOOK AT THE NEW ENTERTAINMENT… TI kids will not have to go through what our will to get a good paying job or have wealth…. These entertainers are making sure they keep their clubs and families exclusive!

      • Kaho’olawe

        Maybe I don’t watch the show, but you have only seen it twice? Hahaha! What? I have seen every episode of every season. There are no secrets to be figured out on my end. Here is a secret YOU need to figure out – Those who are truly wealthy send their children to the best schools and/or colleges. How are T.I.’s kid going to maintain HIS wealth if they don’t have the smarts to do it? They barely speak proper English. That is wrong with so many of you – You all think having money means nothing else matters.

        “These entertainers are making sure they keep their clubs and families exclusive!” – What does this have to do with what I said and what does it even mean?

        • Dre

          Out of all the positive outcomes for the show, why focus on the negative? How can you draw the conclusion that his children are not focus on their education based off of what you’ve watched for a few seasons? Education provides a foundation, but hustling produces outcomes. Hence ‘The Family Hustle.’

          • Kaho’olawe

            I am allowed to focus on whatever I want. Why do you want to police what I talk about?

        • Victoria Hardtoletgo Smith

          Read the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Book by Robert Kiyosaki
          ^^^ the world is ran so different now than it was before all of these new age advancements and opportunities. Rich ppl need education but wealthy ppl dont! Its not about going to school to be successful its about having the knowledge to invest your money properly (street smarts). I had a college professor tell me once “college will not make you successful, having an education wont either.. there are plenty of ppl with PHD’s checking customers out at Walmart” the world is changing but the people still have the same point of views, especially when it comes to what it takes to be successful.

  • Bee

    Major has so much personality! LMAO