Love doesn’t always hit you at first sight. Even if it’s T.I. begging you for attention. Here from Tip’s ride-or-die wifey herself, on how things first went down before the twosome became one of hip-hop’s most over-obsessed couples.
T.I. always says I gave him such a hard time when we first met and I did… I stood him up a couple times.
When I met him, I was kinda on hiatus, I’d broken from Xscape, but I had co-wrote the song “No Scrubs” for TLC, so you know, I was living good and doing my thing and I met him in the mall, well, I had met him before in the studio. I was working with Jazzy Pha one time and he came in and I also had heard from a guy, KP, who signed him. He played some of his music for me one time and I was like, he’s a hot artist, I like him.
Then I saw him in the mall and we conversed a little bit and I had my daughter with me and somehow we exchanged numbers and later on that evening, before I could leave the mall we was on the phone, and I was like, ‘OK, so you wanna grab something to eat?’ We went to this little $3 cafe right around the corner with my little girl and we just sat there kickin’ it. And from then on, he was calling me and calling me, wanting to come hook up and I’d be like, ‘Yeah, we gon…let’s hook up, such and such’ and then I wouldn’t answer the phone and he’d be like, ‘You know time after time.’
So finally I let him come by, but I still wasn’t sure because I felt like ‘Oh, he’s a baby’ and I treated it like that and he kinda felt like, ‘You trying to play me like I’m a little boy.’ And one night, and it’s probably the best thing he could’ve did, he invited me to one of his shows and it was at The Bounce on Bankhead, and I went to the show, and first of all, it was jam-packed outside, it was crazy and I’m like, ‘All these people here for this guy?’ We went in there and he tore the house down. And I was like, ‘OK, I think I like him.’ [Laughs] He’s got something there. —As told to Kelley L. Carter