I haven't watched the whole thing yet, but from what I've seen Tip is eloquent as always — and surprisingly humorous and self-deprecating — even when parsing out his own contradictions. The songs he performs with a live band on "VH1 Storytellers: T.I." span his entire career. Although the special isn't scheduled to air until tonight, VH1 has already posted several snippets online. Taped before a live audience, he gets intimate and introspective in the intros before each song performance.
Apparently he even comes close to shedding tears, according to Jon Caramanica of the NYTimes, who reviewed T.I.'s performance and the new album (released Tuesday) No Mercy:
He’s an engaging performer. Even on “Rubber Band Man,” the least personal song in this show, he’s deeply invested. On “Live in the Sky” he appears to be near tears, and during “Dead and Gone,” written after the murder of a close friend, Philant Johnson, he’s harried and almost breathless: “Got enough dead homies/I don’t want no more.”
What’s notable also about the T. I. of “Storytellers” is the full-throated Southernness of his vocals. At the peak of his career, the era of the No. 1 pop hits “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life,” he appeared to be retreating slightly from his thick Atlanta drawl. But on “No Mercy” and on “Storytellers” it’s back in full force.
Look for our review of No Mercy next week. Check out the rest of T.I.'s "Storytellers" episode below the jump:
"What You Know"
"I Still Love You"
"Rubber Band Man"
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