On Tuesday, October 18, Harper Collins will release the first book written by rapper Clifford "Tip" Harris, better known as the rapper T.I. The book, entitled Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets (William Morrow), is a novel written by Tip "T.I." Harris with David Ritz, a novelist who has also co-written the true life stories of such artists as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and Grandmaster Flash.
In an interview with Billboard just two weeks after he was released from an Atlanta halfway house (after serving an 11-month sentence in federal prison for violating the conditions of his parole stemming from a 2008 guilty plea on felony weapons charges) the chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning rapper said that he hopes Power & Beauty would fill a hole in the marketplace.
Asked why he chose to deliver a novel as his debut rather than a biography or a memoir, T.I. said it was all about defying expectations. "I was always raised to, or at least raised in this industry, in entertainment, I was raised to never ever let them see you coming, keep them guessing," he said. "When they think you're going right, go left. So after that, if at all possible, I would want my [first] book to be something out of left field."