And you thought Black Love was dead.
In the March issue of XXL Magazine the hip-hop rag caught up with reining King of the South, T.I., and his queen, Tiny, for the article “2GETHA BABY.” In the piece, Tiny talks about supporting Tip through all of his legal trials and tribulations, and he speaks candidly (which usually does not happen in hip-hop) about his undying love for his wife.
“Can’t say enough about how special of a woman I have. It takes a lot to endure the worst of times and still stay grounded during the best of times. She’s been able to do so for long as I can remember. For all that and more, I just adore her in every way. I love her spirit, her heart, her integrity and her loyalty. She’s the love of my life and the girl of my dreams. I’ve heard so much about it being hard for true love to exist in the fast lanes of Hollywood, when dudes can’t stay respectfully committed and chicks can’t stay out their man’s pockets. But somehow she makes it easy, and we never had those problems,” T.I. gushes.
Many have had a lot to say about the couple’s relationship, especially after the two were busted for drug possession in Los Angeles last year, and later when they were caught attempting to get their freak on in the prison visiting room, but no one can deny that they seem to be madly in love with one another. And for T.I. that’s all that matters.
“When the world has turned on me and there is darkness all around, she finds a way to bring light in my life and provide positive energy in the face of some of the most extreme circumstances. As long as we have us, fuck da world….nothing else really matters. I’d lay my life down for her and wouldn’t blink about it.”
In a culture that typically prizes materialistic things over the simplicity and healing power of love and relationships, it’s refreshing to read a rapper speak candidly about his relationship with his wife. Not his whip, or his money, or his clothes, but really open up about the bond he shares with the woman he loves.
No matter how you feel about Tiny and T.I., I think we can all agree that what they’ve got—for better or worse—is something special.