Celebrities Support T.I.’s ‘ATL’ ; T.I., Director Chris Robinson Speak

Last night (March

27), a number of tastemakers, artists and label executives gathered at The Bombay

Sapphire Lounge at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City for the red carpet premiere

of T.I.’s debut film ATL.

The Chris Robinson-directed

film tells the story of four teenage friends growing up on Atlanta’s south side

while going through various trials and tribulations.

"To me the

film is about dreams and that anything is possible," Chris Robinson told

AllHipHop.com. "You can stray from your path or you can not want to know

what you gonna do but as long as you stay focused anything is possible."

"It was a

great script. The script came to me— it had a lot of heart and soul in it,"

Robinson continued. "It just crushed me in that way where I felt like I

went through this experience and I wanted to make people feel something. I wanted

to tell a story and create characters that really touched people."

The film also

shows the versatility and growth that the self-proclaimed King of the South

has experienced. Warner Music Group president, Kevin Liles told AllHipHop.com,

"The movie did a good job of representing the T.I. brand and Grand Hustle

brand. Chris Robinson is one of the greatest directors out there and I wish

him the best of luck."

Queen Latifah,

Usher, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, DJ Drama, T.I.’s group the P$C, Avery

Storm, Tisha Campbell and Duane Martin were among the attendees at the premiere.

"I appreciate

all of the love and support; I appreciate the warm welcome into the film industry.

I appreciate the opportunity to be involved with such a film of this magnitude,"

T.I. told AllHipHop.com. "This really helps my movement and if anybody

follows my career they know how important it is for me to lead than to follow.

Warner Bros., Chris Robinson and the cast made this possible for me and I really

appreciate it. I done did everything, now I just got to sit back and let it

go."

ATL hits

theaters nationwide on Friday (March 31).

In related news,

T.I. released his fourth solo effort, King, today. The album features

cameos by Young Jeezy, Jamie Foxx, UGK, BG, Young Dro and more, as well as production

from Just Blaze, DJ Toomp, Neptunes and others.

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