T.I. joins the cast of Kelsey Grammer's Starz series 'Boss'
T.I. has signed on for a season-long role on Kelsey Grammer's Starz series, "Boss," the network confirmed to OnTheRedCarpet.com on March 17.
The 31-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, will portray a former gangbanger, looking for a career in Chicago's City Hall, according to Deadline. The industry site reports that T.I. will be "the conduit between a local Alderman and the only group powerful enough to function as a grassroots organization in the projects - gangs."
"Boss" debuted in October and stars Kelsey Grammer as ruthless Chicago mayor Tom Kane. The role earned the "Frasier" actor his third Golden Globe Award. The show also received a nod for Best Television Series - Drama.
T.I. has previously appeared in films like "Takers," "American Gangster" and "ATL." In 2009, T.I. also appeared in an MTV reality show called "T.I.'s Road to Redemption: 45 Days to Go," which chronicled his attempts to help others avoid his mistakes.
The network had no immediate comment on the reports.
T.I. was released from a halfway house in September after spending 10 months in federal prison on a probation violation.
The rapper and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, were arrested on drug charges in September 2010. The two were detained after a traffic stop in Los Angeles. Authorities said four ecstasy pills were found in their vehicle.
A federal judge ruled T.I. had violated the terms of his probation, stemming from a previous gun charge, and sentenced him to prison for 11 months, which marked his second stint behind bars. Drug charges against the pair were dropped. His wife completed a drug diversion program and no further legal action was taken against her.
The rapper made a surprise appearance at a Taylor Swift concert in October, where he and the country star sang his hit single, "Live Your Life."
On March 16, T.I. confirmed that he has collaborated on a song with Taylor Swift and fellow Grand Hustle rapper B.o.B.
"Taylor's extended Hustle Gang. She a part of the crew. She just ain't got her dog tags yet, but she's a part of the crew tho," T.I. told MTV at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.
"Boss" debuted in October on the Starz network. You can also watch it online and check out a trailer and a clip below.