Friday, March 16, 2012

T.I.'s SXSW debut gets the people going

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Fresh off his Bill Cosbyesque/VH1 celebreality swag — and seriously, me and the ol' lady's Monday night's are empty now that "The Family Hustle" is over — T.I. popped his SXSW cherry in Austin last night. After B.o.B opened the show with "dancers in sparkly bras, and backup singers oohing and ahhing," according to Grantland's recap, T.I. came out sounding like a guy who hasn't gotten out much in the past couple of years. Which, I guess he hasn't.

“I ain’t never been here,” T.I. let us know last night. “They been telling me a lot of shit about it.”

He commenced to playing the hits ("Rubber Band Man," “Whatever You Like,” “What You Know”), and talked a lil' shit:

“Ya’ll ain’t give me no muthafuckin’ dancers,” he shouted out...

But mostly, he gave people hope, and a reason to believe that the old T.I. was born anew:

It was a limited-run appearance, designed to remind everyone that when T.I.'s on, he’s really on. It’s been a while; it was nice to see again. A gentleman to the left of me certainly agreed. Presumably in appreciation of the rejuvenated T.I., the guy had lit up a blunt, then grabbed giant piles of cash out of his pockets. As the smoke swirled around him, and while rocking to the beat, he held the money triumphantly over his head. It was certainly an appropriate response.

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