‘Being the perfectionist that I am, I’m still tweaking and

fine-tuning all parts of this project,’ Tip says of his next


When T.I. returned home from prison last fall, he hit the ground running, filming his VH1

reality series “The Family Hustle” and immediately beginning work on his eighth solo album

Trouble Man. Since then, Tip has remained on the grind, but he’s slowed things down a bit

when it comes to finishing up his anticipated LP.

Though the album was most recently expected to debut in September, the Atlanta rapper said

he refuses to rush the process.

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“Me being the perfectionist that I am, I’m still tweaking and fine-tuning, trying to perfect

all parts of this project,” Tip told MTV News, confirming that the album won’t be complete

for another few months. “I did, like, 124 songs, and I’ve narrowed it down to 86 now, so now

I have to continue to narrow down and continue to make it better.

“I’m not trying to paint myself into a corner with a date,” he added. “I’m trying to make sure

that the project is the absolute best it could be, and I’m trying to get it down by the end of

the year.”

From those 86 options, T.I. is hoping to whittle his track list down to 14 or 15 tracks that

will create a uniform project. In the meantime, he’s promoting his recurring role on the

Starz series “Boss” and keeping an open dialog about a tour with the entire Grand

Hustle team.

“That’s a very likely possibility,” he said of heading out on the road with B.o.B,

Iggy Azalea and crew. “We just have to find the right time and right opportunity to get it

done, but we’ve been talking about it ever since I came home.”