Rapper T.I. Book is About ‘Power and Beauty’

Rapper T.I. can add “novelist” to his list of accomplishments with the release of his first book “Power and Beauty.”

“Power and Beauty” is about Paul Clay. “Power,” as he is called, has just lost his mother and has to figure out how to survive and win the affections of Tanya “Beauty” Long.

The rapper is thrilled to call himself an author, and cited the Sister Souljah novel “The Coldest Winter Ever” as a source of inspiration in a Reuters interview.

“I’m proud, ecstatic,” he told Reuters of his own book. “I’m always eager to diversify my artistry. It’s a great moment.”

The book was published by the HarperCollins imprint William Morrow and co-written with David Ritz. Ritz has written and co-written several celebrity biographies, including Marvin Gaye.

“A love story, a crime story, a survival story, Power & Beauty bristles with an electrifying authenticity born of Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris’s hard life on the streets,” HarperCollins said in the book’s description on its Web site. “This is exhilarating, brutally honest, page-turning urban African-American fiction at its very best.”


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