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.’”