t.i. (boss)*As Kelsey Grammer resumes his starring role in the Starz Original series “Boss,” season two welcomes special guest star Tip Harris, known internationally as rapper T.I. (“American Gangster,” “Takers”) as Trey Rogers, a former gangbanger with designs on a career in City Hall.

Returning cast member, Rotimi, resumes his role as Darius Morrison, the love interest of Emma Kane (Hannah Ware) and cousin to Trey. While he struggles to find his footing, his love for Emma is a source of inspiration. Despite Emma’s removed state, both physically and emotionally, Darius can’t shake the feelings he has for her and will do everything he can to be with her – even if it means going against the most powerful man in Chicago.

Kelsey Grammer delivers his usual riveting performance as Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, the role in which he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor. This season, Kane ferociously beats back the physical symptoms of his illness with high doses of medication.  But this comes at a cost – experiencing heightened psychological manifestations of the disease.  Without his longtime advisors Stone and Kitty, Kane is also forced to reconfigure his inner circle.  Surrounded by strangers and without much time left, he acts quickly to protect and repair his legacy by cutting out the cancers within the political machine.  But as corrupt heads roll and his list of enemies grows, Kane’s virtuous actions begin to erode the very foundation of power he’s worked a lifetime to build.  In order to maintain it, Kane must govern as he always has—ruthlessly.

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Season two of “Boss” will premiere Friday, August 17th at 9PM ET/PT on STARZ.

Here is a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at Tip “T.I.” Harris and Rotimi from “Boss:”