T.I.: Five Businesses You Probably Didn’t Know Were Owned by The Rapper

BY Nii Ogbamey Tetteh October 25, 2023 9:10 PM EDT

African-American rapper Clifford Joseph Harris Jr, popularly known as T.I., is a well-known celebrity who wears many hats professionally. He has taken up myriad careers – he has at one point been sometimes an actor, a songwriter, a producer, an entrepreneur, a record executive, and an author.

T.I., who started out as a rapper, has successfully reinvented himself as an entrepreneur, pursuing several outstanding business objectives.

Clifford has ten studio albums to his name, with seven of them reaching the top five of the Billboard 200 charts.

Aside from music, T.I has also starred in several award-winning Hollywood movies, including ATL, Takers, and Marvel’s Ant-Man series.

Here are some of the businesses T.I. owns that most people don’t know about:

A.K.O.O. Clothing

T.I. has a clothing line called A.K.O.O. Clothing, which, according to him, is “upscale urban apparel”. The brand was inspired by American culture. A.K.O.O. Clothing sells clothing, fashion bags, and accessories. He co-founded the clothing line in 2008 with his manager, Jason Geter.

Grand Hustle Records

After being released by Arista in 2003, T.I. founded Grand Hustle Records, formerly known as Grand Hustle Entertainment. The label is based in Georgia and its roster has included 8Ball & MJG, B.o.B, Killer Mike, Young Dro, DJ Drama, Meek Mill, Chip, Travis Scott, and Trae tha Truth.

Grand Huslt Tech

Grand Hustle Tech is an investment arm of T.I.’s empire. Through it, he has invested in several firms in Atlanta, including fintech app, Mulaah, and tech company, Sudu.

Buy Back The Block

The Dope hitmaker’s Buy Back the Block program, in conjunction with APD-Urban Planning and Management and Dynasty Real Estate Development, buys properties in the neighborhood he grew up in, and flips them into affordable housing for the community.

Like many of his contemporaries, T.I. recently announced that he was spearheading a real estate community in Atlanta as a way of giving back to his community. The affordable housing project is located near the city’s west side, Bankhead Highway, where the rapper grew up. He bought property near Atlanta’s Bankhead Highway in 2019 and later sold it to Missouri developer, Vecino Group.

Seafood restaurant

T.I. teamed up with Killer Mike to revive a historic seafood restaurant in Northwest Atlanta. The restaurant was first opened in 1968 on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway before being closed in 2018. The rappers, who have been childhood friends, did not only purchase the property but also the name, trademark, and recipe.