Rapper T.I. may get down and dirty on the mic with collaborators like Nelly, 2 Chainz, and Eminem, but, as Mickey Rapkin learns in the November issue of ELLE, the unexpected family man is really all about the love. Mickey Rapkin chats with Rapper T.I. about sex on the beach, fatherhood, marriage, and much more in this month’s Cherchez La Femme.
T.I. on his definition of “mediocre ho” in the song “No Mediocre”:
“Sometimes it’s a fashion thing. Sometimes it’s the attitude thing. I think women are born on a pedestal, and the only thing that can remove them is a lack of respect for themselves.”
T.I. on sex on the beach which he raps about in the song “No Mediocre”:
“I’ve had sex on a beach. Not exactly in Bermuda. It was more of a metaphor…You gotta have your utensils together, you know what I’m saying? A towel, a blanket—come prepared for the elements. It’s the kind of thing you do once, say you’ve done it, and then say, “Okay, okay, it’s enough. Let’s go somewhere else.”
T.I. on the hardest part about having teenage daughters:
“Knowing when to allow a little room for maturing and when to step in and put your foot down and discipline.”
T.I. on his time in prison and the lesson he learned from it about women and relationships:
“I saw so many guys worrying about their women and what they’re doing and all that shit. They end up making their time so much harder on themselves. You don’t know where they’re at, so there’s no use worrying yourself about it.”
To read the full Q&A with T.I., head over to ELLE.com here or check it out on the digital newsstand, and at newsstands nationwide on October 21st.
*All quotes have been excerpted from ELLE’s November issue*
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