T.I. understands that some people disagree with his statements when he refers himself as a King of the South. However, he says, no one can argue with the presence of a lion. With that, Tip decided to sit next to a lion for the cover of his latest album, King: Uncaged. It’s fitting since it has been what he has called himself for years now, a title he says cannot be passed along without his approval. Now, the King is ready to speak on more, including photography, damaging rumors about his cooperation with the police and allegations of snitching in interviews with Respect and XXL.
“I’m known as ‘the King.’ Although it’s disputed by some, concurred by most, there ain’t no disputing that lion—that is what it is. So I went and told them, ‘Get me as close as you can to a lion,'” he told Respect for their latest issue. “I figured we had to do some kind of slick and meaningful imagery to say the obvious without doing the obvious.”
He also noted that his name and the album’s title will be absent from the cover, adding that, “Everything is right there…You ain’t got to beat people in the head with what you’re trying to say. Everything understood don’t need to be explained.”
He has also spoken on the G code, saying that there is no truth to those snitching rumors, as he takes the cover of the latest XXL issue.
“What people don’t take into consideration is the reason that I was eligible for certain agreements that they weren’t eligible for was because I made myself a useful member of society. Most muthafuckas catch cases and get time,” he told XXL. “Please understand the G code that I learned from, if you speak out your mouth that a muthafucka is telling on somebody and you can’t come with indisputable, irrefutable facts to support that statement, that makes you the sucker. You are now in violation of the G code. And there ain’t nobody, nowhere in naan jail sayin’ I was on they paperwork.”