(AllHipHop Features) T.I. has grown up a lot. Earlier this month the Atlanta don teamed up with Cricket Wireless to send seven teenage orchestral musicians - four violinists and a violist, cellist, and trombonist - to Washington D.C. to perform at NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. The opportunity will likely alter the lives of Lailah Carter, Landon Isaiah Wilkins, Nehemiah Wiggins, Ashley Sierra Gibson, Nyasjah Breshay Brooks, Brent Cameron, and Corey Lewis Jones Jr. The event, a first for the rapper, underscored his incredible range as a human being.
Tip's new show on BET, The Grand Hustle, will change the lives of 16 people. These hustlers are fighting for a chance at a 6-figure job in T.I.'s empire. This is a battle of book smarts vs street smarts in Atlanta. AllHipHop's Chuck Creekmur had the chance to talk to Tip about this unique show, as well as a myriad of other issues, including his forthcoming, highly anticipated album*, The Dime Trap*. Hint: Gucci Mane is mentioned.
In terms of growing up, his last musical opus may have been his most significant one and that was the moment he became politicized as a man. In this interview, Tip even takes Donald Trump to task for changing the tone of the nation.