Tip "T.I. Harris is pretty much one of the busiest guys around! The Grammy-Winning® Rapper, Actor and Entrepreneur now has a new competition TV series on BET called The Grand Hustle where 16 business-minded women and men vie for the opportunity of a lifetime!
T.I. Harris (aka Tip Harris) has hustled his way to the top of the rap game, and now he’s sharing his business acumen with 16 aspiring “hustlers” to see if they have what it takes to earn a coveted six-figure position at T.I.’s Grand Hustleempire. Harris is creator, host and executive producer of The Grand Hustle, BET’s new 12-episode series that takes place in Tip’s hometown of Atlanta. Harris currently stars in the Marvel Sequel Ant Man & The Wasp, reprising his role as Dave.
Harris signed his first major label record deal in 1999 and becamethe co-CEO of his own label, Grand Hustle Records, in 2003. He is recognized as one of the artists who popularized the hip hop subgenre, trap music. Harris has released nine studio albums, with seven of them reaching the top five of theUS Billboard 200 chart. Among his many successful singles are "Bring Em Out", "Whatever You Like", "Live Your Life" (featuring Rihanna), "Dead and Gone" (featuring Justin Timberlake), "Ball" (featuring Lil Wayne) and "No Mediocre" (featuring Iggy Azalea). Harris was featured on Robin Thicke's hit single "Blurred Lines", alongside Pharrell Williams, which peaked at number one on several major music charts in 2013.
Harris has won three Grammy Awards®, including Best Rap Solo Performance, Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. He has also had a successful acting career, starring in the films ATL, Takers, Get Hard, Identity Thief, and Ant-Man. He is also a published author, having written two novels Power & Beauty and Trouble & Triumph.
I spoke with T.I via satellite about his new show, and all of his successful ventures! Check out our interview below.
The Grand Hustle airs Thursday nights at 10pm on BET.