In the same fashion that he took over '06 with his Grammy nominated album King and his big screen debut ATL, T.I. plans to dominate 2007 with his forthcoming album, T.I. vs. T.I.P and the crime drama American Gangster.
American Gangster is based on the true story of 1970's drug kingpin Frank Lucas (played by Denzel Washington) who brought heroin into Harlem by sneaking it into the coffins of American soldiers coming home from Vietnam. T.I. plays Washington's nephew.
The movie also stars Russell Crowe, Common, RZA, Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Cuba Gooding Jr, and opens in theatres on November 2.
"The hottest gangsta picture for black folks since Boyz n the Hood hands down. It's definitely gon' be the first Oscar nominated, if not Academy Award-winning, gangsta picture," T.I. told SOHH. "It's gon' be the Departed of this year. I'm comfortable saying that. I'm confident in saying that. I think big DW [Denzel Washington] concurs with me." [Watch A Trailer For The Flick Here]
T.I. vs. T.I.P. hits shelves tomorrow (July 3). The album features appearances from Jay-Z, Wyclef Jean, Eminem and Busta Rhymes, among others.