Although T.I. has been around for many years, he has never yet had a solo cover of The Source magazine. Now that's changed, with Tip landing his very first cover of the hip-hop mag for their upcoming issue.

Check out two brief excerpts from The Source's interview with the Kang below, where he talks on career's ups and downs, and his upcoming role in the movie "Identity Thief."

On "Identity Thief": 

“It’s my first comedy so I’m looking forward to seeing that. I just want to keep my tools sharp…. Different people see T.I. in different ways. As long as they ain’t giving me a rapper. That’s what I don’t want to do. Anything else, I’d pretty much be open minded within reason of course.”

 On his career: 

“Everybody’s gonna have their ups and downs. Just because I’m a celebrity, that doesn’t mean that I’m exempt from humanlike faults.”

The magazine hits newsstands on February 5th.