T.I. Talks Upcoming Projects–Including Highly Anticipated Competition Reality Show, “The Grand Hustle”

Rap mogul T.I. is getting his grand hustle on for the second half of 2018: for starters, he’s in the new movie “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, in which he acted alongside veteran Hollywood heavyweights such as Laurence Fishburne and Michael Douglas.
“Working along such legendary actors and actresses, I mean…I learned so much and take so much with me on to my next projects,” he said in his Southern drawl. “The improv… the art of comedy improv, when to go off the page, how to come up with different variations.”
T.I. also claims he may drop a new album off as well, which is good news for fans that have been waiting on The Dime Trap for a hot minute now.
“It’s coming,” T.I. told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a recent interview, “Freakishly soon”, he said.

“This time is the best time to tell you that it’s coming sooner than you think”, he added.

But another project coming in two weeks also has T.I. and his fans excited: his highly anticipated competition reality show, The Grand Hustle, which will air on BET:

T.I. invited 16 business-minded men and women to his Atlanta mansion (“It USED to be my house, until those people came!,” he said with a laugh) to engage in competitive tasks and try to become a six-figure-salaried employee of his Grand Hustle empire.

“This was a phenomenal experience on so many levels,” the noted entrepreneur said. “I got a chance to work alongside so many talented individuals who are on their way, beginning to figure out their path to success. All of them have incredible skills. To sift through the pool of talent put before me and find the one who was perfect for what I needed them for, that was an awesome experience.”–AJC

The show clearly took a cue or two from Donald Trump’s (a man T.I. is no fan of) Celebrity Apprentice, including Tip cutting under-performers loose at the conclusion of each segment.

At the end of each of the 12 one-hour episodes, T.I. crushes the dreams of a hopeful with a pointed sendoff. “There’s nothing left for you to do…this is not the place for you,” he tells one early exit-er in the first episode. In the second, he simply says, “It’s time for you to find the door.”–AJC

According to Tip, it was easy to drop the hammer, especially when the candidates inconvenienced him by booking him on a coach flight instead of first class or, unforgivably, booking him in a double room when he expected an executive suite.

“I just thought about how many things they would mess up if I didn’t send them home,” he said with a shrug. “I thought about how many flights they would book me into coach instead of first class; how many hotel rooms would be doubles instead of executive suites; opportunities that came to me that they may have squandered. The more I think about that, the easier it is to send them home.”

T.I. started his career in the rap game nearly two decades ago and soon parlayed multi-platinum recording success into a sprawling commercial empire that expanded into film, television, and apparel (T.I. owns the AKOO Clothing label).

There were high profile bumps in the road, though, including multiple arrests and a short stay in federal prison over serious gun charges–setbacks that temporarily sidelined him, but didn’t derail him, and undoubtedly helped him offer nuggets of wisdom to the group of up-and-comers on the show.

According to the Thenetworthportal, T.I.’s 2018 net worth is $70 million.

He acknowledged pride in mentoring the group of talented young people.

“I got to assist in the growth and development of these young men and women’s craft. If any of them go on to be the CEO or owner of whatever,” he said, “I would definitely take some form of pride in saying I think they took something that I had to offer with them.”

‘The Grand Hustle’ debuts on BET July 19 at 10 P.M.

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