TI Speaks To Atlanta Youth

March 11, 2008

First he declares peace with Lil’ Flip and now rapper T.I. has gotten bit by the philanthropy bug.

So, the Atlanta rapper has collaborated with the “It’s Cool To Be Smart” Single Parent Initiative to further his good will. On April 27, the rapper and his Grand Hustle Management spoke to over 150 youth at the Paulding Detention Center in his hometown.

“It was a privilege to have Atlantic Recording Artist T.I., take time from his busy schedule to come talk with the kids,” said Curtis B. Executive Director of the Single Parent Initiative. “It was an exciting learning experience for the youth; as well as, the staff to witness inspiring testimonies from T.I. that focused on staying out of situations that will place the youth in juvenile facilities.”

The rapper answered questions pertinent to the youth in attendance. According to press reports, T.I. spoke on matters “concerning education, giving back to the community and being successful in the music industry.”

Additionally the teens read poems and spoke about dealing with adversity in everyday life.

T.I., Grand Hustle, and his label, Atlantic Records, have given scholarships for single parent families at the Boys and Girls Clubs and other events surrounding troubled youth in Atlanta

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Mary J. Blige & T.I. = Top Winners At Billboard Awards

December 6, 2006

Mary J. Blige scored big at yesterday’s (December 4) 2006 Billboard Music Awards, edging out competitors in nine categories including Artists of the Year, Song Of The Year and Album Of The Year in the R&B/Hip Hop category.

“I’ve never received this many awards at any time in my career, ever,” Blige told reporters backstage at the award show.

Blige who is still riding high from the success of her 2005 release, The Breakthrough, which has sold over 2.6 million copies domestically, is also set to release Reflections – A Retrospective, a collection of her greatest hits and previously unreleased tracks on December 12.

“I remember a time when all my fans were crying and sad and going through hell,” Blige said as she reflected on her winning night and the significant change in direction of her lyrical content. “Now, we’re trying to uplift each other and accept ourselves for who we are, even if nobody else does.”

Rihanna joined Blige in the winner’s circle beating both Blige and Beyonce for Best Female Artist. “That was a tough category,” admitted Rihanna when she accepted her trophy. New jack Chris Brown won Best New Artist Of The Year as well as artist and Male Artist Of The Year.

Blige also rounds out the year with Mary J. Blige & Friends, a special CD/DVD of duets featuring Elton John, Patti Labelle, Santana, Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J. The two-disc set, available only at Circuit City, will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

On the hip-hop side, T.I. took home five awards, including Rap Artist Of The Year, Rap Album Of The Year, Rap Album Artist Of The Year, Videoclips Of The Year and Rap Songs Artist Of The Year.

Ludacris and Pharrell also took the stage to perform “Money Maker,” while Young Jeezy performed “I Luv It.”

Read the complete list of Billboard Awards 2006 winners.


ATL Movie Trailer

July 22, 2006

ATL movie trailer, starring Tip “T.I.” Harris, for those have never seen it.

ATL tells the story of four teens coming of age in a working class Atlanta neighborhood where hip-hop music and roller skating rule. As the group prepares for life after high school, challenges on and off the rink bring about turning points in each of their lives. The film is loosely based on Dallas Austin and Tionne Watkins’ experiences growing up in Atlanta and hanging out at a local skating rink called Jellybeans.


ATL Movie Video Clip

July 22, 2006

Here’s a short scene from the ATL movie. The video audio is not that good, but it works.

Btw, ATL DVD came out earlier this week and it’s available in stores.


T.I. gets cash for selling script to New Line Cinema

July 20, 2006

T.I. For Sale ScriptDirty south rapper T.I. and his partner Jason Getter have sold a film script to New Line Cinema entitled “For Sale”.

The script takes place in an Atlanta used-car lot where T.I. most likely will play one of the salesmen.

The script also starts the film division of Tip (T.I.) and Jason Geter’s Grand Hustle Entertainment.

It was reported that Toby Emmerich of New Line Cinema had signed the deal.

Emmerich, Sam Brown and Jeff Katz will be in charge of the film on behalf of New Line Cinema.

Clifford “T.I.” Harris proved his acting talent this year in his debut movie “ATL”. It also starred Outkast’s Big Boi, Mykelti Williamson, Keith David and introduced Lauren London. The film grossed over 20£ million domestically and it’s DVD (ATL) hit stores yesterday.

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Watch T.I. @ Home, "ATL DVD” announced

July 16, 2006

T.I DVD,  ATL DVDAfter a good run at the box office, T.I.’s ATL is slated to hit stores on DVD next Tuesday (July 18).

ATL was Tip’s big screen debut, and it also starred Outkast’s Big Boi, Mykelti Williamson (Forrest Gump), Keith David (Crash) and introduced Lauren London. Directed by Chris Robinson, the flick follows a group of four friends who have just graduated from high school in Atlanta. T.I. plays the lead character Rashad.

The film also spotlights local skating rink Jellybeans, a popular hangout for both Robinson and T.I. in their teenage years in Atlanta. After hitting theatres this past March, the film grossed roughly $21 million domestically. The DVD contains special features, including deleted scenes and videos for “What You Know” and “Why You Wanna.”

Meanwhile, Tip’s King album, also doubled as the movie’s soundtrack. After premiering atop of the charts, the LP has now sold 1.3 million copies according to Nielsen’s Soundscan. The album still stands as the highest selling hip-hop release to date this year.

T.I.’s ATL DVD hits stores July 18.

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T.I. Cancels Japan Tour

May 15, 2006

In light of his recent arrest, rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris has cancelled his tour in Japan.

T.I. was scheduled to leave for Japan this Sunday, to promote his new album King, according to his spokesperson, Sidney Margetson.

“I think everybody decided it’s just a good time for him to take this week and regroup,” T.I.’s entertainment lawyer, Jonathan Leonard, told the Associated Press.

After the death of T.I.’s close friend and personal assistant, Philant Johnson during a gun battle in Cincinnati, the rapper’s U.S. tour came to an abrupt halt.

T.I. was arrested Wednesday (May 10) in Atlanta for neglecting to fulfill the terms of his probation.

The rapper was sentenced to 18 months probation and 75 hours of community service after pleading guilty to battery on a law enforcement officer, trespassing and disorderly conduct surrounding an incident in Tampa in 2003.

Another 150 hours of community service were later added after T.I. violated his probation by driving with a suspended license.

Leonard said they were unaware of the unfulfilled probation obligations in Florida.

T.I. will appear before a Tampa courtroom to address the charges on Monday (May 15).