While Safaree Samuels is off considering a move into the adult entertainment industry, T.I. is orcastrating a move into the reality television world for his Grand Hustle Productions brand.
The rapper is reported to be putting together a show that will test contestants’ hustle skills. The competition series, dubbed The Grand Hustle, is the product of a collab between the “Whatever You Like” rapper and BET. The winner will have earned a high paying spot on T.I.’s team.
“The Grand Hustle Empire”
The Grand Hustle is said to premiere in three months, according to VladTV. The show’s first season will be broken down into 12 episode. Sixteen constants will have to figure out a way to “maximize the opportunities that will grow out of their exposure; win, lose or draw” the outlet says.
Christian Sarabia, the Entertainment CEO of 51 Minds, and Johnny Petillo — the producer of shows like Survivor, Deadliest Catch, The Apprentice and more — are executive producers of the show.
“The Grand Hustle Empire is always expanding so, therefore, we needed to add a very talented, highly skilled executive to our team,” T.I. said in a statement. “It doesn’t matter if you got your hustle at Harvard or the hood, ‘The Grand Hustle’ is about how you handle business and what you can do for the brand, so I wanted to create a show that offers an equal playing field.”
Before the rapper announced that he’s adding producer credits to his resume, he was claiming credits as the creator of trap music.
Posting a Flash Back Friday photo, “I Get the Bag” rapper Gucci Mane not only stated that he “invented” the popular sub-genre but that he did it a while ago. T.I. was quick to send out a correction.
Innovator of Trap Music
According to Tip, he is the true innovator of trap music. He pulled out his receipts for “the slow ones in the back” on Instagram about two days after Gucci’s post.
Along with a screenshot of the Wikipedia page on his 2003 release — which is actually named Trap Muzik — T.I. wrote, “August 19th,2003 Birth of Trap Muzik.” “Only fools dispute facts!!! FOH wit that Christopher Columbus a**… ‘Look what I discovered,even though they was already here’ a** s**t!!!!” he continued. “WITCHO GOOD CAPPIN A**.”
The Atlanta rapper didn’t mention Gucci, but viewers got the point.
“Big facts Gucci tripping on this one he use to be rapping bout jewelry and doing drugs not hustling,” an Instagram user wrote. “There was always drug dealing music…but this was the official birth of Trap Muzik !!!!” added another.
One point out, “Lot of arguing going on…but rapping bout drugs n trap music is to different things…Trap was a sound a way of life put to smooth out/Gangsta Beats….Tip made it a Movement Of Melodic Storytelling.”
T.I. acknowledged the growth of the sub-genre since his Trap Muzik during an interview with HipHopDX late last year, but even then, he didn’t want his claims as trap music’s originator to be “hearsay like I’m speculating or proclaiming this personally.”
After using his 2003 LP as proof that he invented it, the rapper said “it has grown from the contributions of others who have taken it far beyond where I left it or where I could have taken it.”
“It has expanded so much, so wide, and so broad that at this point you just have to sit back and watch and just be proud,” he continued. “As long as it’s people who come from that walk of life who could look to the charts and feel like there are hit records out there right now that represent them and their lifestyle, and talk about how they live every day, I feel like trap music is very much alive.”
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