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T.I. Gets A New Hustle: Hip Hop Mogul Preps New Atlanta Restaurant

January 11th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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T.I. is about to start yet another business. The enterprising rapper/actor/producer has just bought a landmark building in Downtown Atlanta that he plans to turn into an upscale restaurant.

This will be T.I.’s first restaurant venture. According to a press release, “The renovation and refurbishing process of the landmark property is well underway, as plans for the new upscale Southern cuisine restaurant unfolds.”

T.I. already has a number of businesses. Of course, he is the founder and co-CEO of  Grand Hustle Records. He also owns Atlanta nightclub Club Crucial, one of the most popular clubs in the city. Reportedly worth $50 million, T.I. has also ventured into the African fashion scene. While performing in Tanzania, “he also debuted his clothing lines (Hustle Gang, Akoo and Strivers Row) at the Leaders Club in Dar es Salaam.”

At the time Jason Geter, CEO of T.I.’s  Grand Hustle Records, said: “For us, we are excited to bring our brands to Africa and specifically Tanzania. We think this is a great market that is ready for our products and I look forward to not only introducing our designs to Tanzania but also looking at the local fashion scene while we are there.”

T.I. Fan Creeps Around Rapper’s Home Late At Night And He Puts Her On Blast For It

December 9th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Some people take their fandom to a level that really doesn’t make much sense. While it’s one thing to try and be at the events of one of your favorite artists/celebrities to meet them, it’s another to pop up at that person’s home at night trying to see and be seen. A fan (and manager of a few artists as it turns out) tried it, and rapper T.I. was not very understanding when it came to her decision to post up outside of his gate taking pictures late at night.

The woman, along with a few friends, somehow found her way to the rapper’s home in Atlanta and took pictures of it:



Her friend posted a similar image, saying “FOUND @troubleman31 house and stopped by…in #atl tryin to get to #tiandtiny”

Turns out that T.I. checks his notifications, and when he caught wind of people creeping around his home, he let them know that doing so again might not end well:



The woman ended up apologizing and saying that they only showed up late at night to “talk business”:

“@troubleman31 it was no disrespect we were in the neighborhood and we wanted to let you know, by playing your music, hoping you would come out, and talk business.”

She was dead serious too, and continued:

“So @troubleman31 commented on the page, but has not responded… Love your #music Just gotta say, #tiandtiny we have artists trying to make it. Thanks for the public shoutout, but on some realness, we showed up, to get your attention. And get a meeting with you. Can we?”

People can’t be serious. You go to someone’s home at night, where their children lay their heads, and think somebody is going to come out and “talk business”? Common sense is not common at all anymore…

“B***h Ni**a Get Kilt!”: T.I. Rips Into Instagram Follower Making Inappropriate Comments About Daughter Deyjah

November 18th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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When will people learn that when it comes to his family, T.I. has no problem going absolutely bat sh*t crazy on people? If you’ll recall, rapper Azealia Banks made some distasteful comments about the looks of T.I.’s wife, Tiny, and well, he called her everything in the book, and issued a threat:

TIYet and still, another individual tried their luck with the Troubleman, and this time, went after one of T.I.’s children–terrible idea.

T.I. posted a picture of himself with his daughter, Deyjah Harris, saying “My date… Makin me look like a cool kid #proudpops”

A photo posted by @troubleman31 on

Things went left when one man commenting on the picture said, “What that mouf do shordy? I’m Tryna slide up on that @troubleman31″

Clearly this individual was trying to get under the rapper’s skin by tagging him in the inappropriate comment about his 13-year-old daughter–he succeeded. T.I. wound up threatening the man. The site, The Shade Room, took a screenshot of the exchange before both comments were removed:



This is the problem with sharing your children with the world–not everyone in said world has good sense or respect. While I wouldn’t be out here threatening people online (you never know how certain statements can be used against you), I can’t fault him for being protective of his children. What do you think about his response?

Roller Coaster Record Sales: T.I. & Logic Drop, Azealia Banks & Joe Budden Have Solid Debuts

November 17th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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There have been some ups and downs on the most recent music charts.

After debuting at No. 2 at the end of October, T.I.’s newest release dropped to No. 20 last week, its third week on the charts. “Paperwork” sold 15,776 units, bringing its total count to 122,603 albums sold.

Logic’s “Under Pressure” came in at No. 72 after dropping to No. 31 the week before. Joe Budden debuted on the charts with his new album “Some Love Lost” EP at No. 55, reports Hip Hop DX. The second in a series of Love Lost releases, it sold 7,695 units.

The biggest news of the charts was Azealia Banks’ release. She debuted at  No. 30 after the surprise middle-of-the-week launch. No, it wasn’t a marketing move. Banks was having a hard time getting her new CD, “Broke With Expensive Taste,” out. In fact, it was delayed by two years. But she sold 11,165 albums without any pre-release publicity or promotion.

Her debut CD was in a long time coming. The album got caught up in a drawn-out battle with her former label Interscope and multiple management changes. Finally, in July Banks let Interscope but retained the rights to her music. By September, she had inked a partnership with Prospect Park, whose management company and label are handling the “Broke With Expensive Taste” release, with distribution through Caroline and Capitol Music Group. In the middle of all the business ruckus, Banks stayed in the news with her countless fights on Twitter.

“We thought the best way to mend fences with the world was to release the music [without advance notice],” Angelica Cob, who co-manages Banks at Prospect Park, told Billboard. “To use the traditional setup strategy didn’t make sense, because it would feel like the girl who cried wolf. We had to make the strongest statement possible, and that was the music.”

“He Was Like, ‘What Are You Doing?'”: Tiny Finally Opens Up About Changing Her Eye Color And What T.I. Thought About It

October 30th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Something that brought Tiny Harris so much joy has also brought her a lot of controversy. You already know the story behind Tiny taking a trip to Africa (she didn’t specify where exactly) to get a procedure done where her eye color was permanently changed from brown to ice gray. Despite the possible complications that could arise (including “glaucoma, cataracts and corneal problems”), she told ABC News in a new interview that she feels good about the procedure and hasn’t had any trouble since having them changed two weeks ago. Here’s how the medical-grade silicon ended up in her eye, according to the singer and reality star:

“They go into the eye and they make a little slit. They take an implant and it’s folded up. They open it [and] spread it over your eye.

They told me that the procedure was going to be quick, five to 10 minutes an eye. They woke me up. It was very blurry, then it kind of fades in.”

After the procedure was finished, Harris said that she loved what she saw (“They are amazing”). But getting it done wasn’t something her husband, rapper T.I., was necessarily all for.

“He was like, ‘What are you doing?’ But he loves them. He’s OK with them as long as they’re healthy and I’m not having any problems.”

So what does she have to say to the public, who criticized her heavily for surgically altering her eye color?

“I just wanted to do something different. And I have the right to do that. It’s my body.”

You have to give her credit for being so open about all this. While I wouldn’t dare mess with my eyes (hell, they struggle enough as is), if I were her, I probably would have just done it and just left people to guess about it. But hey, in her case, why hide what you’re proud of…?

Check out her chat with ABC News and discuss.


Hip Hop’s Alive & Well: Rap Music Sales Up As T.I.’s ‘Paperwork’ Debuts At No. 2

October 30th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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T.I.’s latest CD, Paperwork, has surpassed sales expectations. The album debuted at No. 2 proving the King is back. It sold 80,000 copies in its first week, reports Rap Up.

According to Billboard, industry forecasters had predicted the album would sell just between 65,000 to 70,000.

Paperwork is the rapper/actor’s tenth album and features guests spots from Pharrell, Usher, and Chris Brown, sold 80,000 copies in its first week.  It follows 2013′s Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, which also debuted at No. 2 with 179,000.

Paperwork is the first in a series of albums the rapper plans and T.I. has already announced the next two albums will be The Return and Love and Liability.

Hip hop newbie Logic landed in the No. 4 slot, selling 73,000 copies of his debut album Under Pressure. And 82 percent of its total sales were through digital retailers such as Google Play, who discounted the album to $3.99.

Considering the recent drop in rap music sales, these two releases proved that hip hop is far from dead. “This week sees an improvement from last week as far as hip-hop albums on the charts are concerned, with five albums cracking the Top 50, as opposed to last week’s four. Childish Gambino’s Kauai has ended its three-week run on the charts, while T.I. and Logic’s albums are newcomers to the charts this week,” reports XXL. And three albums from the previous week stayed on the charts–The Game’s Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf (dropped 15 spots to take No. 23), Jeezy’s Seen It All (stayed at No. 38), and Lecrae’s Anomaly ( No. 44).

Beyond hip hop, Chris Brown’s X nabbed the No. 29 spot, selling 9,991 copies of his sixth studio album. Boyz II Men’s Collide debuted at No. 35, selling 7,688 copies of their album, while Keyshia Cole’s Point Of No Return album was in No. 50 spot, selling 5,562 copies.

Cute Kid Alert: Major Harris Dresses Up Like His Dad, T.I., For “Celebrity Day” At School

October 29th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Got my lil goon wit me…. #Hmob #FamilyHustleorDIE

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  Whenever I talk to people about “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle,” I often hear the same thing over and over when it comes to the kids: “I looooove Major!” Yes, the littlest Harris is a big hit with people because, well, he’s adorable, and he already has quite the personality. So I had to share with you how the 6-year-old celebrated “Celebrity Day” at his school this week (all we had was Twin Day and Wacky Tacky Day when I was in school…). Out of all the celebrities in the world, Major decided to dress up exactly like his father would for the big occasion. Check out what both Tiny and T.I. had to say about Major getting his Hustle Gang on:   

Major definitely nailed it!

T.I. Speaks On His Chat With Snoop Dogg To End ‘Beef’ With Iggy Azalea, And Tells Iggy’s Haters To “Kick Rocks”

October 22nd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We had the chance to check out T.I.’s album listening party for Paperwork, hosted by Hot 97, and as usual, the rapper was quite entertaining. In between playing new tracks from his ninth studio album, T.I. took questions from fans through Ebro Darden about life outside of the music. One question that was asked of him was what he said to Snoop Dogg to quell the rap veteran’s social media squabble with Iggy Azalea. T.I. is Iggy’s mentor, in case you weren’t aware. The rapper admitted that he didn’t have to say much because Snoop had basically decided before their call that things went too far.

“First of all, I have the utmost love, admiration and respect for Snoop, so the conversation never began or made its way to that. It was just like, ‘I’m in the crossfire big dog, what’s going on? [laughs] I can’t dodge many more.’ When I called him, after ‘What’s happening!’ he was like,’Heeeey, I know what you’re calling for. I know what you’re calling for and guess what? It’s over. It’s nothing.’ Me and him have a longstanding relationship. The only real elaboration was, the man just said ‘Hey, it was a joke that went too far. It ain’t nothing, for real. It’s over.’ And then I went to, ‘So how’s the kids?’ When Snoop says it’s over? It’s over. My sister man, she’s ‘voiceterous’…She’s outspoken, you know what I mean?”

No, “voiceterous” is not a word. But back to the matter at hand.

When speaking on Snoop and Iggy squashing their drama, T.I. was also asked about the femmeC being a polarizing artist. Some people either really like her or they can’t stand her. For the latter folks, T.I. had a message:

“Who cares about them? For real, success speaks for itself. In this day and age, if the only thing you have to speak down on a person about is their race or whatever it is, or their accent? C’mon! Does anybody come at Idris Elba for not really sounding like Stringer Bell? This is a part of art. Ya’ll gotta realize what art is. Do you want someone to just get in front of you? Or do you want someone to entertain you and really put on a show to the best of their abilities? That is what’s most important. The time, effort, energy, thought and application of skill that goes into her art, that is what is important. All that other sh*t, the blasé blasé woop de woop, man, go on with that! Because that’s not important. That’s a small voice in a crowded room. Imagine if you pack out Madison Square Garden and you got Jay Z about to walk out. If there’s one itty bitty voice in the corner saying ‘That ni**a ain’t sh*t,’ for real, it’s like, what is this voice over here?! [laughs] At the end of the day, beat it, cuz. Kick rocks with no socks.”

You can check out some of T.I.’s thoughts from the listening party, specifically on Snoop and Iggy’s situation, below.

There Are No Winners In The Snoop Dogg Iggy Azalea Beef

October 20th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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No Winners in the Snoop Dogg Iggy Azalea Beef


I was hoping that the Instagram/Twitter sparring between Snopp Dogg/Lion and Iggy Azalea would result in both of them verbally punching each other until they got exhausted and had no other choice but to retreat to their corners to have a damn seat. But alas, the fuckery never tires…

Seriously, there are no winners in this situation.

For one, Snoop Lion is a lying ass lion – pure and simple. He targeted the girl in a meme. Now, whether it was for play or for real (more on that later), is debatable. Point is, old girl was offended. And being the more mature one of the two, he could have easily cleared the entire situation with an “My Bad, I wasn’t trying to offend…” or “I didn’t mean it like that…” But instead, he basically goes ape-shit on her some more.

Now granted, some of the back and forth between the two was pretty funny (you got to give Azalea points for the picture of Snoop under the caption: When Your Drug Addicted Aunt Gets Clean jab), but some of Snoop’s rhetoric was unnecessary aggressive and just flat out mean. And it is quite hypocritical considering that his original defense to all of this was that, he “was only jokin.” But it stopped being funny after Azalea spoke up for herself and even had the gall to throw a couple of insults of her own in his direction. Then it turned personal for him. And then came the threats of further harassment if Azalea didn’t learn that she “Betta not say shit.”

Snoop’s violently antagonistic reaction is a powerful reminder of just how dangerous the ego can be. Also misogyny. As there is little doubt that his passionate responses to her, which got less funnier by the tweet, was being fueled by a broken ego, further shredded by a woman with enough gall to stand up for her self – and to a man. And while some folk might want to dismiss it all as usual business within rap beefs, I highly doubt that Snoop would have even called out a male rapper on Instagram like that, even if he was only joking. And I highly doubt that he would have let the “joke” get this far if this too had been a male rapper. He probably would have respected the other man’s frustrations and likely apologized – much like he had after T.I reportedly stepped in to mediate the beef.

And while none of us should be surprised that a man, who is responsible for such classic women-empowering songs (snark for those, who don’t know) as “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None),” might be a little misogynistic, he does not get a pass for misogynous behavior just because he is known – and celebrated by most – for his misogyny. Moreover, while I’m not feeling Iggy Azalea one bit artistically, I think she had Snoop’s entire behavior pegged right when she tweeted out: “its like the guy that asks for your number and then says you ugly and a bitch when you say no…”

With that said, she is neither hero or saint in this situation. While it is undoubtedly true that Snoop acted horribly, I’m not sure of exactly why she was mad in the first place?

Granted, Snoop compared her untouched face and facial features to an albino makeup-free Black woman with corn rows, but how is that a bad thing? And what about the comparison was so offensive? The albinism? Or the Blackness? Or maybe even the cornrows? No seriously, why was she mad?

What’s most perplexing about Azalea’s angst here, is that there was another way to take this meme. Basically, it could have also been read as a compliment, saying that she might be a White blonde-hair Australian, but beneath it all she is just one of us. You know, down? Now, I’m not necessarily a fan of the Black pass, but some Black folks have been praising culturally-appreciative, “cool” White folks like that for many years (ahem, Teena Marie…).

And sure the message within Snoop’s original joke might have been audacious, but Snoop is not Afternoon Tea the Dorchester. Snoop is Hip Hop. Therefore, I would think that a fellow emcee within this audacious space – particularly a rapper, whose entire career thus far has centered around mimicking the cultural and aesthetically distinctions of certain Southern Black woman – would feel a tinge of honor with being compared to said imitated Black woman.

Even if Snoop meant it offensively, which is admittedly is arguable, she could have turned it around on Snoop and discussed all the ways in which he missed the mark with that joke. Black women are beautiful. Albino women are beautiful. And we are all worthy of respect. But instead she got mad. And not just regular mad, Azalea put a cape on it and got super-mad within an entire Twitter rant about how he allegedly betrayed her – for calling her a Black woman. Nope, neither of the two here deserves any bit of sympathy here.

What I see in this beef isn’t so much how Black women have been left to their own devices against similar attacks levied at them while everyone in the world seems to want to step in and defend Azalea, which has been rightfully pointed out by fellow emcee and abuse taker Azealia Banks. But more so, it’s about how a Black woman is being used as both agitation as well as a source of offense and worse, no one has bothered to apologize or even think about her at all in this matter.

Well, I’m thinking about her. And somewhere in this vast world, I hope this anonymous woman, whose picture had been misappropriated as fodder to fuel this beef, eventually comes forward to burns their records and tell both of these losers to go to Hell.

Straight Into Africa: T.I. Debuts His Clothing Lines In Tanzania

October 20th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Last week  T.I. traveled to Africa–Tanzania, to be exact–and caused a stir for saying he “ain’t afraid of no Ebola.” (In case you’re worried about Ebola, get the facts.) He is about to cause another stir. The rapper/actor not only performed at the mega Serengeti Fiesta 2014 in Tanzania that gets an average of 500,000-plus people annually, but he also debuted his clothing lines (Hustle Gang, Akoo and Strivers Row) at the Leaders Club in Dar es Salaam.

It seems T.I. took to heart President Obama urging Americans to invest in Africa during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit earlier this year. And why not. Africa is an untapped market for most American companies and it is one of the fastest growing markets globally. So it seems like a smart move on T.I.’s part.

According to Jason Geter, CEO of T.I.’s Atlanta-based Grand Hustle Records, “For us, we are excited to bring our brands to Africa and specifically Tanzania.”  The economy of Tanzania is projected to grow by around seven percent in 2014 and 2015, according to the African Development Bank.

“We think this is a great market that is ready for our products and I look forward to not only introducing our designs to Tanzania but also looking at the local fashion scene while we are there,” says Geter.

For the launch, T.I. attended the Pop Up Shop event, where fans had the chance to buy authentic Hustle Gang, Akoo, and Strivers Row clothing. Boutique owners were also there to place orders to sell in their shops, reports allAfrica.