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T.I. Opens Up About His Name And More

09/18/2015
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(Radio.com) T.I. was a guest on the Rap Radar Podcast on Thursday (Sept. 17). The Atlanta MC opened up to hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian "B.Dot" Miller and talks about his original name, Tip, musical independence and more.

The mogul explained his moniker T.I. saying, "It's strange and awkward to be known world wide and very, very famous and like just popular for being called a name that you have never been called before in your life."

The rapper made a career for himself under the name T.I. with what the he says are "two letters that mean absolutely nothing to me (laughs)." The Atlanta MC added that T.I. was the person he had to become in order to achieve a certain amount of success and to become a star and celebrity. "I definitely appreciate the longevity of my career, whatever you know me by, it just feels better to be called my actual name." The rapper clarified his moniker further saying, "the sincerest form of me as a person is Tip."

Tip also discussed being an independent artists saying he is open to signing with a major label, "I was just with L.A. (Reid) last night and we were talking about stuff." He added, "I just like to be around the process of delivering music to the people who care about it the most."

Tip also shed some light on why he is no longer signed to Sony,"I was satisfied with the actual material, I think it definitely produced some dope s-, it was some hot records. I was dissatisfied in the manner they chose to promote and market or the lack-there-of. But one thing I will say that they did do is pay."

Check out the full interview here.

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