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Thursday, June 28, 2007

T.I. smacks rival, wins award, drops album

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It's been a busy week for T.I. It started inauspiciously with a confrontation with Chaka Zula, co-CEO at Disturbing tha Peace Records (Ludacris, Chingy). According to an MTV News story, the two faced off during a luncheon in Los Angeles hosted by Warner Music exec Kevin Liles. They began arguing -- no one knows what it was about -- and then T.I. punched Chaka in the face. A lot of people (mainly bloggers) opined that it was a continuation of the years-old rivalry between DTP co-CEO Ludacris and T.I.

By Tuesday, however, T.I. bounced back with a win at the BET Awards for Best Hip-Hop Artist. (He apologized for the fight during his acceptance speech, and said, "There's a fine line between brilliance and insanity.") His fifth album, T.I. vs. T.I.P., comes out Tuesday, July 3, and while reviews of it have been decidedly lukewarm, it will probably sell a butt-load of copies when it first hits stores. In this week's issue of CL, I weighed in on Tip's latest would-be trap-sterpiece. You can read it here.

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