T.I. is a rapper, actor, composer, producer, entrepreneur, record executive, and author from the United States. He began his career in the creative business after dropping out of school to pursue music.
He became a drug dealer after dropping out of school and was arrested multiple times. One of his first singles was titled “Rubber Band Man” in honor of his moniker because he wore rubber bands on his wrist to show how much money he was generating.
However, it wasn’t until 1999 that the rapper secured his first major-label record contract with LaFace, an Arista subsidiary. He was later signed by Arista and established his own record label.
He has since released ten studio albums, seven of which charted in the top five on the Billboard 200. T.I has appeared in various films, including “ATL,” “Takers,” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Ant-Man” series, in addition to music.
T.I. has recently rebuilt himself as an entrepreneur, pursuing some exceptional business maneuvers. HowAfrica hopes to raise T. I businesses and other ventures in this publication.
T.I. collaborated with Killer Mike to bring a historic seafood restaurant in northwest Atlanta back to life. The restaurant was established on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway in 1968 and closed in 2018. Although the rappers purchased the site in 2018, COVID-19 thwarted their ambitions to reconstruct the eatery in 2020.
The rappers, who were childhood friends, purchased not only the property but also the name, trademark, and recipe.
Grand Hustle Records
T.I. founded Grand Hustle Records (previously Grand Hustle Entertainment) after being released by Arista in 2003. 8Ball & MJG, B.o.B, Killer Mike, Young Dro, DJ Drama, Meek Mill, Chip, Travis Scott, and Trae tha Truth have all worked with the label, which is situated in Georgia.
Grand Huslt Tech
T.I’s empire has an investment arm called Grand Hustle Tech. He has invested in other Atlanta companies through it, including the finance app Mulaah and the digital business Sudu.
T.I. is also interested in fashion. He is the creator of A.K.O.O. Clothing, which he describes as “upscale urban apparel.” American culture inspired the brand. Clothing, trendy bags, and accessories are available from the company. In 2008, he co-founded the apparel line alongside his manager, Jason Geter.
Buy The Block
In collaboration with APD-Urban Planning and Management and Dynasty Real Estate Development, the rapper’s Buy Back the Block program acquires houses in the neighborhood where he grew up and flips them for affordable housing for the community.
T.I., like many of his peers, recently revealed that he was launching an Atlanta real estate community as a way of giving back to his neighborhood.The affordable housing project is near the rapper’s childhood home on the city’s west side, near Bankhead Highway. In 2019, he purchased property near Atlanta’s Bankhead Highway and then sold it to Missouri developer Vecino Group. The rapper is now working with the developer to build affordable housing units on the property.