Indy: In listening to your latest effort, T.I. vs. T.I.P. , it seems like you're showcasing an introspective side we haven't seen before.
T.I.: Anyone who has followed my career for the last year and a half or so has seen there has been as much tragedy as triumph, so this album was a narration of what I've been going through. I feel like it's my best work yet, hands down. It's definitely the most of myself I put into an album.
Indy: And now you're performing at the Back to School Jam in Englewood. Talk about an amazing bill Beyonc, T.I., Ciara, T-Pain and Snoop Dogg. What attracted you to this gig?
T.I.: I feel like the problem with music right now [is that] there aren't enough events where you remember where you were when this happened. No one of us can do that on our own. It takes a movement to create that ambience.
Indy: We see you're adding acting to the rsum, with American Gangster due out this November.
T.I.:I'm very proud of it. It's very prolific, and I feel like this is The Sopranos for our genre, for black people. It's The Departed for this year. I can't put it into words. I don't think anybody is really prepared for what they're going to see in this film.
Indy: Sounds like acting is more than a hobby ...
T.I.: Well, I'm passionate about both of them [rapping and acting], and it's proven I'm good at one. I'm looking to prove that I'm just as good, if not better, at the other one.
At Englewood's Coors Amphitheatre, Aug. 29.