How T.I. is turning gentrified homes in Atlanta into affordable housing
There are few in the rap game who are busier than Clifford “T.I.” Harris.
You may have seen his name intertwined with Kanye’s earlier this summer when he collaborated with the controversial rapper on “Ye vs. The People,” or more recently when he publically denounced Ye on Instagram.
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Now I’ve been extremely patient and made it a point to not jump to any premature conclusions about Ye’& his antics… Partially due to the lessons learned from the outcome of other similar situations dealing wit my brother Wayne (which I admittedly mishandled a bit in hindsight) But now this shit is next level,futuristic Sambo,Hopping Bob, Stephen off Django ass shit Ye!!!! From what I can gather… This is the most repulsive,disgraceful, Embarrassing act of desperation & auctioning off of one’s soul to gain power I’ve ever seen. Now I recall you asking me to come with you to have this meeting and I declined (naturally)… but bro… if ain’time I would’ve been in there wit you and you behaved that spinelessly in my presence,I feel that I’d be compelled to slap de’Fuq outta you bro For the People!!! You ass kissing and boot licking on a whole new level &I refuse to associate myself with something so vile,weak,& inconsiderate to the effect this has on the greater good of ALL OUR PEOPLE!!!! I’m a true believer in “It ain’t what you do,it’s how you do it.” And this shit is regurgitating🤮! At one time it was a pleasure to work alongside you… now, I’m ashamed to have ever been associated with you. To all the people who follow Ye musically,socially, or even personally….who are confused, heartbroken, infuriated…. Let me make this clear… THIS SHIT AINT COOL!!! THIS IS A MOVE YE MADE FOR YE!!! THIS IS A PLAY TO PUT HIM IN A POSITION HE’D LIKE TO SEE HIMSELF IN…WE ARE NOT ON HIS MIND AS HE MAKES THESE COMMENTS AND DECISIONS. Don’t follow this puppet. Because as long as I’ve lived I’ve learned that it benefits a man nothing at all to gain the world,if to do so he must lose his soul. We just saw Mr.West’s Soul on auction. If you listen closely you can hear the tears of our ancestors hit the floor. All I can say is… I’ve reached my limits. This is my stop,I’m officially DONE!!!! 🖕🏽Trump & His Lil Cookie Boy. #USorELSE✊🏽
It’s also very likely that you caught wind that he signed with Epic and dropped his tenth studio album in four years, Dime Trap. Not too shabby for a 38-year-old seasoned veteran who has managed to stay relevant without making a fool out of himself.
More importantly, however, T.I has made news again, this time for his pitch on how to transform gentrified homes in Atlanta into affordable housing.
During a new profile with ABC News, the Grammy Award-winning MC spoke on how he’s in a different place in his career and how he wants to be a real role model. This energy has led to his new endeavor to “Buy Back the Block.” He says,
“With as much growth and opportunity that’s going on in my community—and, you know, Mike’s community as well—we refuse to be left behind.”
The venture is in association with Dynasty Real Estate Development and APD-Urban Planning and Management and their purpose is to buy as many buildings with gentrification inflated prices as possible and flip them into affordable households.
So far T.I. has purchased nine homes and has also teamed up with Killer Mike to save an old neighborhood restaurant called, Bankhead Seafood, which almost closed. T.I. added,
“I have enough things going on where I don’t have to chase sensationalism, I don’t have to be provocative for no reason just because my personality lends itself to controversy. Rather than try to be a role model, I’d rather be a real model.”
Peep T.I.’s interview with ABC below: