T.I. visits BET’s 106 & Park at BET Studios on May 1, 2013 in New York City.
*Tip “T.I.” Harris, whose reality series “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle” is currently airing its third season on VH1, has signed with talent agency UTA in all areas except music, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Harris started his career in hip hop, releasing eight studio albums and winning three Grammys. In 2006 he toplined his first film, Warner Bros.’ “ATL,” which was loosely based on his upbringing in Atlanta. Harris also starred in and served as a producer on Sony’s 2010 heist film “Takers” and appeared in 2007’s “American Gangster” as well as “Identity Thief” earlier this year.
On television, he joined the second season of Kelsey Grammer’s Starz drama “Boss” last year as a politically ambitious former gang member. His VH1 reality series T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” follows him, his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, and their six children.
This summer Harris will join Lil’ Wayne on the America’s Most Wanted Music Festival tour. He continues to be managed in film and television by Brian Sher of Category 5 Entertainment.
(L-R) Actors Kelsey Grammer, Sanaa Lathan, Jonathan Groff and Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris speak at the ‘Boss’ discussion panel during the Starz portion of the 2012 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 2, 2012 in Beverly Hills
*Season 2 of the Starz original series “Boss” comes with fresh swagger, thanks to the addition of T.I. and Sanaa Lathan, who attended the TCA press tour in Beverly Hills Thursday to talk about their new roles opposite Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer in the critically-acclaimed series.
Actress Sanaa Lathan speaks at the ‘Boss’ discussion panel during the Starz portion of the 2012 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 2, 2012 in Beverly Hills
After gutting his inner circle, Grammer’s Mayor Tom Kane begins season 2 still battling his degenerative disease while continuing his pursuit of power. One of his new hires is the projects-bred Mona Fredricks (Lathan). But, she begins in the season premiere (premiering Aug. 17 at 9 p.m.) as Chief of Staff to Alderman Ross.
“Mona is a very smart, politically savvy woman who grew up on the South Side of Chicago,” said Lathan. “She grew up in a community that was very disenfranchised. And I believe that she pursued politics to be an advocate for those people in that community.
“There is a very big housing development that’s being redeveloped called Lennox Gardens, which is akin to the actual real life Cabrini Green in Chicago. She’s really concerned about the community there and wants to make sure that they’re not abandoned. And I think Kane is really the only one who can do something about it, so when she has the opportunity to work with him, she takes it.”
Cast members Jonathan Groff (L) and Tip “T.I.” Harris participate in the Starz panel for “Boss”
Tip “T.I.” Harris joins the series as Trey Rogers, the drug dealing cousin of Darius (Rotimi) who has designs on City Hall. Below, T.I. and Grammer explain how his character fits into the story and why he’s in a solid position for a political future. [Scroll down to watch the clip.]