T.I. Visits Chelsea Lately

T.I. Visits Chelsea Lately

The King of the South talks prison stay and new book with the Queen of late night.

Published October 26, 2011

T.I. took his comeback promo tour to the Chelsea Lately show last night, where he spoke with the feisty late-night talk show host, Chelsea Handler, about his new book, Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on The Streets.

The book, which is the Grammy winner's first novel, follows the intersecting lives of two teenagers, a boy named Power and a girl named Beauty. T.I. wrote the bulk of it while he was behind bars.

"I had a lot of time on my hands and I had to stay productive," he said.

T.I. also confirmed that his wife, Tiny, whom he married shortly before being sent away, visited him frequently while he was locked up.

"We saw each other often," he said.

The "I'm Flexin'" rapper then went on to re-cap the other highlights of his turbulent year, including helping talk a suicidal man down from a ledge, getting sent back to prison from a halfway house shortly after his release, and helping to diffuse an argument between Diddy and a clubgoer after the BET Hip Hop Awards 2011.

"I just took the energy from a negative situation and tried to turn it back to something that was positive," he said of the latter.


Power and Beauty is in stores now.

(Photo: Chris McKay/Getty Images)

Written by Reggie Ugwu


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