How T.I. Built a $50 Million Hip-Hop Empire


His name is synonymous with southern Trap music, but T.I. is more than a three-time Grammy Award winner; and he’s more than the master collaborator with a who’s who of popular music to his credit, including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Drake, Lady Gaga, and 2018’s Ye Vs. The People with Kanye West. He’s also a Tony Award nominee for SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical. And if that doesn’t shock you there’s this—he turns 40 on September 25. 

“I don’t have any real feelings about any particular number, ‘cause you got two options, either grow old or die young,” he tells us. “To still be alive, let alone successful and relevant at 40 is a blessing.” 

Dying young is exactly what he’s trying not to do in his new movie, Monster Hunter, starring Milla Jovovich, slated for release in April 2021. Based on the popular video game of the same name, the new film is directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, who’s hoping to repeat the success of Resident Evil. “Basically I’m part of a platoon that’s led by Milla,” he explains. “We end up getting caught up in some sort of portal that gathers into another dimension. Unbeknownst to us we now have to protect our lives against three-story-tall scorpions and spiders and shit. It’s a pretty wild ride.” 

That’s an apt description of T.I.’s 20-year career in music, film, TV and myriad entrepreneurial pursuits. His movie career began in 2006 with ATL, which is loosely based on his own experiences growing up in Atlanta. Numerous roles followed in movies like American Gangster with Denzel Washington, Identity Thief with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, and Get Hard with Kevin Hart and Will Farrell. Marvel fans meanwhile know him from Ant-Man and it’s sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp. 

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Early next year, he’ll play Harlem fashion designer Ken Cunningham, who falls for Aretha Franklin in Nat Geo’s Genius: Aretha. Also on the small screen he has had prominent roles in Starz’s critically-acclaimed series Boss opposite Kelsey Grammer, and Showtime’s House of Lies opposite Don Cheadle and Kristin Bell.

 On TV he also frequently plays himself, as on Netflix’s 2019 music competition series, Rhythm and Flow, alongside fellow judges Cardi B and Chance the Rapper; and VH1’s T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle; as well as The Grand Hustle, T.I.’s business competition show at BET, in which he oversees 16 would-be players competing for a six-figure salary and a place in his media empire. 

“Empire” might sound hyperbolic, but what else would you call a reported $50 million fortune, with assets including Bankhead Seafood, Trap Music Museum and various real estate ventures? Or your own clothing brand, A.K.O.O. Clothing (A King Of Oneself), your own music label, Grand Hustle Records, and your own subscription-based music streaming service, TIDAL? 

Actually, that last one is a co-ownership with artists like J. Cole, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Daft Punk and Madonna. As such, it comes as no surprise that Forbes included T.I. on its inaugural Hip-Hop …read more

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