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T.I.

With the title of his 2006 CD, Clifford Harris, who goes by T.I., declared himself King, and unlike so many boasters before him, he backed up his braggadocio with bullion; the disc shifted more than a million units. His followup, T.I. Vs. T.I.P. , hasn't been as widely embraced, in part because of its twisted concept: a split-personality battle between street-savvy T.I.P. and suave T.I. that ends with the MC combining the two guises in the I-am-the-world opus "My Type." Nevertheless, there's plenty of first-rate hip-hop here, including the sly "You Know What It Is." And if the album isn't quite as bonkers as R. Kelly's recent trips to the closet, it's still a kick to hear the CD's star arguing with himself on "Act III: T.I. Vs. T.I.P. The Confrontation," during which T.I.P. bitches that T.I.'s always "flouncing with your Hollywood motherfucking outfits." He'll undoubtedly trot out such threads during this Screamfest tour stop co-starring Ciara, Lloyd, T-Pain, Tiffany Evans and Young Joc, and that's appropriate. After all, the king should dress the part.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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