What a life T.I. has. The rapper flew in Tuesday evening to be feted by Moet Rose at Baoli in Miami Beach while VH1 cameras rolled for his reality show, TI & Tina. Guests saw him enter, eat (Blank Angus filet mignon, tuna tartare, beef carpaccio), down some of the pink bubbly, cut a cake that had the name of his new album, Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head, then depart. Where to? Back home on a private plane to Atlanta.
Seems Dr. Dre made the right call when he chose Kendrick Lamar as his protégé.
Lamar’s major label release — good kid, m.A.A.d city — debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart last month and he’ll headline the Black Friday Festival, starting 5 p.m. at Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton (Blackfridayfestival.net). The L.A. rapper told the AP he felt confident his album would produce solid numbers. “Songs are going to come, regardless,” he said. “My initial goal is to make an album the same way Tupac [Shakur] did, the same way Jay-Z did, the same way [Notorious] B.I.G. did. I’m taking it back to the essence of that.”