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T.I. on VH1's 'Behind the Music': 'Prison sucks' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

T.I. famously served two stints in prison at the near-height of his career, and that time is one of the many subjects the rapper delves into in tonight’s Behind the Music on VH1. The hour of television — which EW has an exclusive video sneak peek of below — is an update to the 2009 episode the series originally produced on T.I.

Of course, after T.I. (born Clifford Harris) was released from jail in 2010, he embarked on a media tour that found him talking about his time behind bars — and one of those appearances, a portion of a Larry King interview, is included in the exclusive clip below.

But T.I. also does a fresh interview with VH1, where he expresses some of the hardships of serving time. “I don’t think I have to sell the fact that prison sucks,” the rapper and father of six says in the exclusive clip below. “When you have your liberties and the loves of your life taken away from you, it puts a lot of things in perspective.”

You can catch the entire Behind the Music: T.I. episode tonight at 10 p.m. on VH1, but until then, whet your appetite with this exclusive sneak peek at the hour here on EW.com:

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'Behind the Music': Toni Braxton talks about launching her solo career, smoking weed for 'You're Makin' Me High' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Next week, it will be Toni Braxton’s turn to get VH1’s Behind the Music treatment.

The multiplatinum R&B singer (and, more recently, reality-TV star) will take a long look back at her career in the upcoming episode, discussing everything from her brushes with bankruptcy, her son’s autism, and the moment she had a heart attack on stage. And in one scene that you can preview exclusively here, she explains how she made the decision to go solo and shed her gospel image.

“My sisters were devastated,” she says, referring to her decision to leave the Braxtons — the musical family act that included her siblings Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar. Only 23 at the time, Toni left her Baltimore-area hometown for Atlanta, where she’d go on to work with industry powerhouses L.A. Reid and Babyface.

Take a look at how her solo career came to be in the exclusive clip below:

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Gym Class Heroes' Travie McCoy talks kicking his drug habit on VH1's 'Behind the Music' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

VH1’s long-running docu-series Behind the Music is on a roll of juicy reveals: So far this season, Train gave us the story behind hit ‘Drops of Jupiter’; Ne-Yo detailed his relationship with the late Michael Jackson; Carrie Underwood took us inside her marriage to hockey star Mike Fisher; and last week, former ‘X Factor’ judge Nicole Scherzinger revealed her battle with bulimia.

Now, it’s Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy’s turn for the Behind the Music treatment. Among other things in the episode which airs this Sunday at 9 p.m. on VH1, the rapper reveals how he kicked his drug habit, as seen here in this exclusive preview clip below.

Catch the full episode this Sunday, but for now get a glimpse of what’s to come here:

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Former 'X Factor' judge Nicole Scherzinger reveals eating disorder: 'Bulimia was my addiction' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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During a bombshell interview for VH1’s Behind the Music, singer and former X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger joined the recent weight and body image conversation, revealing that she battled bulimia for years while she performed with girl group the Pussycat Dolls.

“I just hated myself,” Scherzinger says during the interview, of which EW has an exclusive video sneak peek below. “I hated myself. I really was so disgusted with myself and so embarrassed. I felt so alone. I was in a group, and I never felt so alone in my life.”

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Carrie Underwood on VH1's 'Behind the Music': Inside the country star's marriage to Mike Fisher -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Behind the Music? More like Behind the Marriage!

VH1’s long-running music series delves into the life and career of American Idol alum and country superstar Carrie Underwood in Sunday’s brand-new episode, but much of what they turn up digs into Underwood’s fairytale-like courtship with — and her July 2010 marriage to — hockey star Mike Fisher.

EW has two exclusive clips from Sunday night’s episode, one of which details how Underwood met Fisher and a second on how the lovebirds got engaged.

You can catch the full Behind the Music: Carrie Underwood episode Sunday, Sept. 30, at 9 p.m., but first enjoy these two exclusive clips here on EW.com:

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Ne-Yo on VH1's 'Behind the Music': Remembering his interactions with Michael Jackson -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Ne-Yo has made no secret of the fact that he had been collaborating with Michael Jackson when he died in 2009. But in the newest episode of VH1’s Behind the Music — which premieres Sunday, Sept. 23, at 9 p.m. — he delves deeper into how they met and the work they produced. EW has an exclusive clip of that recollection.

In the clip — which you can find below — Ne-Yo recalls that in the spring of 2009, Jackson reached out to him but he hung up the phone, thinking it was a prank call. “I figured it was somebody playin’,” he remembers.

After Jackson called back, he remembers, “we met up in New York, then he smiles and gave me a big hug, and says, ‘You know what my favorite song of yours is? [singing] Please don’t worry about me, I’m fine,'” Ne-Yo says in the clip. “He started singing my damn song [‘Go On, Girl].’ I almost lost it at that point. I maintained, but inside, I was jumping around like a six-year-old girl. It was bad. It was really, really bad.”

Watch the full clip from Sunday’s episode of Behind the Music here:

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Train on VH1's 'Behind the Music': The story behind hit 'Drops of Jupiter' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Can you believe that VH1’s Behind the Music is turning 15?

The series launches its latest season this Sunday, Sept. 16, at 9 p.m. with an hour focused on pop-rock band Train, which delivered its biggest hit in 2009 with “Hey, Soul Sister.” But it’s actually another of their singles — 2001’s “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” — that truly launched them, climbing to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

That song is the subject of an online-only, Behind the Music companion series titled Behind the Song, which EW is exclusively debuting below.

The process of creation wasn’t easy, according to frontman Pat Monahan: “I just couldn’t figure out what to write, but then I woke up from a dream about a year after my mother passed away with the words ‘back in the atmosphere,'” he remembers. “It was just her way of saying what it was like — she was swimming through the planets and came to me with drops of Jupiter in her hair.”

The rest, as they say, is history. The full, four-minute Behind the Song episode is below, and parts of it are woven into Sunday’s season premiere episode of Behind the Music, which will also touch on Train’s multiplatinum success, struggles ith drug addiction, money woes, and two-year hiatus.

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