The network announced today that it has greenlit a second season of his reality show “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” which follows the rapper, his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle” and their children as they go about their various activities.
The show has become a certified hit for VH1, averaging 3.5 million total viewers during each Monday night premiere and first encore. Paired with the second season of “Love & Hip Hop” and the fourth season of “Basketball Wives,” the network has ranked as Monday Prime’s #1 cable net among W18-49.
Season two of “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” is slated to return fall 2012.
*Rappers T.I. and 50 Cent have put aside their differences and come to a “concise understanding” after the 50 put his rival’s wife on blast for not taking the blame for the couple’s drug bust last year.
T.I. was on probation in Sept. 2010 when he and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle were taken into custody in West Hollywood after a cop allegedly smelled marijuana smoke emanating from their car during a traffic stop. Ecstasy pills were also found during a subsequent search of the vehicle.
After the arrest hit the headlines, 50 took to Twitter and called on Tameka to take the rap for the drugs to save her husband from heading back to prison. He wrote, “Man TI and tiny done got picked up agin (sic) for methamphetamines and ecstacy (sic) dam man (sic). Tiny gotta take that charge. Say it was yours Baby.”
Neither T.I. nor Cottle responded to the remarks and the troubled hip-hop star landed another 11 months behind bars for violating the terms of his parole. He completed his sentence at the end of September and the newly-freed rapper reveals he has since talked with 50 Cent about his remarks.
But T.I. is refusing to let Cottle reignite the controversy by commenting on 50′s tweet herself – and stopped her short during a joint appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show” today. Asked about her thoughts on 50 Cent’s remarks, a hesitant Tiny replied, “I mean, it was…”, before she was cut off by T.I.
Jumping in, he told Williams that any issues between the rappers have now been resolved, saying, “Listen, I’ve already been very vocal about how I feel as it pertains to that and I’ve had a conversation with Fif and we now have a concise understanding… We’ve moved on.”
*Although T.I. is behind bars, isolated from the free world, he stays in constant contact with his partner in crime and the love of his life, his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle.
According to the former Xscape singer, the couple is in touch every day whether through email or telephone.
“He called me checking in,” she told Atlanta radio station V103. “He told me to tell you ‘thank you and everybody thank you.’ I told him I was coming up here so he wanted me to tell everybody thank you for going out to buy [his new album, 'No Mercy'] and getting in and supporting him. He had to make other calls so he had to jump off with me really quick.”
Wow, has prison changed. Tiny explained that her hubby calls twice a day and is able to contact her through the Internet, limited to email, which is the extent of his online privileges.
Tip is currently serving another one-year sentence for violating his probation just weeks after being released from prison.
In September, he and Tiny were pulled over in Los Angeles. Police found a collection of ecstasy pills in their possession. Both were arrested, but T.I. has to serve more time.
*In an interview with Vibe magazine, T.I. says his drug problem started when he received prescriptions for Oxycontin and hydrocodone after a series of dental surgeries this year.
“After the pain went away, I kept taking it. I had like five, six prescriptions. So, I had, like 80 pills. Everybody else might drink or smoke a blunt; I took a pain pill,” the 30-year-old says in the magazine’s December/January issue. [Watch T.I.'s Vibe photo shoot below.]
T.I. said he is now clean and sober, thanks in part to his September arrest in Los Angeles. Police found ecstasy pills on him, and while the case was eventually dropped, a judge found him in violation of his probation stemming from a 366-day prison stint for trying to buy illegal guns and sentenced him to 11 months in jail.
Prior to going back to jail, the Atlanta rapper attended one-on-one and group therapy sessions to help kick his addiction to pills and codeine, which he was drinking to get high.
He says he’s now learned his lesson.
“If you rationalize putting yourself in harm’s way, risking your well-being, your health, your freedom, your family’s well-being and livelihood in order to be high, that’s the rationale of an addict,” he said.
But while his wife, Tameka Cottle, was arrested with T.I. and faces a misdemeanor drug charge for possesion, he would not say she had a problem with drugs.
“I don’t know. She went with me to some meetings and counseling. She ain’t got no problems,” he said. “Her thing is she smokes. Smoking weed is different than taking pain pills. You can smoke weed today and not smoke another blunt for another three months.”
*T.I.’s wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of ecstasy possession.
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Jane Robison says the former Xscape singer entered the plea through her attorney on Monday.
Tiny was arrested Sept. 1 along with her husband during a traffic stop on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip.
The 35-year-old is not required to appear in person on the case, according to the AP. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 6.
Prosecutors declined to charge T.I., citing a federal judge’s decision to send him to prison for 11 months for violating his probation on weapons charges and because only four ecstasy pills were found on him.
*Tameka “Tiny” Cottle has been charged with drug possession in the same case that is sending her husband, T.I., back to prison.
TMZ is reporting that the L.A. County District Attorney has charged Cottle with possessing the drug ecstasy when the couple was arrested on Sunset Strip last month. If convicted, the singer/reality show star could face up to a year behind bars.
The D.A., meanwhile, has decided not to prosecute T.I. for charges stemming from the incident, noting that the rapper will already be serving an 11 month sentence for a probation violation stemming from the L.A. arrest.