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T.I: Taylor Swift Duet ‘Surprised and Confused Me’

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T.I. has revealed that he was “surprised and confused” when country pop darling Taylor Swift requested he join her on stage to perform a duet of his hit ‘Live Your Life,’ shortly after he was released from prison.

The performance, which took place during the Atlanta stop of Swift’s Speak Now tour, back in October, was the troubled rapper’s first post-release performance after having served an 11-month prison bid, but Tip was more than happy to share the stage with the 21-year-old starlet.

“I was pleasantly surprised and confused,” T.I. explained, in a recent interview with MTV. “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.”

The Grand Hustle honcho complimented Swift on pulling off an impressively drama-free event, despite the size of the production, which also featured a surprise performance by Usher.

“There were significant differences in a Taylor Swift show from a T.I. show,” T.I explained. “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 … 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.”

Behind the scenes footage from the performance will appear on Tip’s upcoming VH1 reality show ‘T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle,’ which is scheduled to debut tonight at 9PM ET.

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