Taylor Swift, Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards and Billboard Magazine’s Woman Of The Year for 2011, recently wrapped up her “Speak Now Tour.” Taylor welcomed a countless amount of special guests to perform with her on stage throughout the tour. One interesting and unexpected choice was rapper T.I.
Taylor asked that T.I. join her during the Atlanta concert of her tour to perform a duet of his song “Live Your Life.”
T.I. recently shared with MTV News his take on the invitation to perform with a country music superstar, as well as the actual experience of the collaboration. He said …
“I was pleasantly surprised and confused … I was confused because I know it’s a phenomenal opportunity, but being T.I. — the Rubberband Man — and Taylor Swift being America’s Sweetheart, I had just gotten out of prison like two days [earlier] and all of a sudden my phone rings.”
T.I. went on to say that there are obvious differences between a country concert and any other genre, particularly between Taylor Swift and other artists:
“You could take the biggest of the biggest hip-hop artists — even a Kanye West or Jay-Z show — and their concerts or tours, they gon’ be just a world away from a [Taylor Swift] show.”
He went on to add that the experience was quite enjoyable:
“Everything is so calm and cool and arranged and on time, and everything is so neat and people are quiet and polite … Everything just flows smoothly, not a hitch, not a wrinkle, not a hiccup. Whereas hip-hop shows, no matter how big the production, no matter how elaborate it is, it’s always friction and ups and downs. With her, everything was smooth; nobody raised their voice.”
Of course, Taylor had great things to say about bringing the rapper out on stage with her:
“Well, I called T.I. the night before the show, so I felt like it’s such short notice that [he wouldn't do it with me], and he’s just like, ‘Hey, yeah, sure,’ ” she recalled. “And it was just amazing. I was so excited ’cause I’m such a fan and I thought, ‘This is such short notice, this is so ridiculous that I’m asking him to do this the night before.’ And he’s like, ‘I’ll be there.’ And he showed up for soundcheck and we were all just so starstruck.”
Want to watch the video of the performance? Here you go!