(Photo: XXL, July/August 2013)
Amerikaz Most Wanted headliners landed the cover of XXL magazine. Lil Wayne, T.I. and 2 Chainz — all setting out on tour together next month — gave the hip hop publication insight into their joint jaunt across the country, their individual albums and more.
Wayne, for example, talks skateboarding, his album I Am Not a Human Being II and the health issues that briefly sidelined him earlier this year. Meanwhile, 2 Chainz is on the brink of a second album due in September and breaks down his debut success, plus working on the sophomore release.
And then there's T.I., head of the Hustle Gang. The 32-year-old's decade-long contract with Atlantic Records is up, and a potentially bigger venture is on the horizon. Tip has his eye set on a $200 million deal for the Grand Hustle crew, and details some of his options.
Speaking to Billboard in May, the father of six vowed to make it happen. "Everything we putting out we paying for it," he said. "It's the grind. It's put me back to where I was when my first record [2001's I'm Serious] didn't sell, when I got dropped [from Arista] and I had to prove that I was worthy of a record deal. That's what I'm doing right now. Back then I was proving I was worth $2 million. Right now, I'm proving I'm worth $200 million."
Weezy, Tip, and 2 Chainz embark on their Americaz Most Wanted tour starting July 9 at Birmingham, AL's Oak Mountain Amphitheatre.
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