T.I. is one of the few rappers who has managed to shift solely from a career in music to the big screen, with success. He debuted in 2001 with his album I’m Serious and since then, T.I. has delivered a total of nine albums and has racked up millions in sales.
Through his label Grand Hustle, T.I. has also demonstrated that he is a capable businessman, negotiating major deals and discovering or distributing acts like B.o.B, Travi$ Scott, Meek Mill and others.
Over the years, T.I. has also established himself as a successful actor, in both films and on television. Since 2006, T.I. has starred in major releases like “ATL,” “American Gangster,” “Takers,” and most lately “Ant-Man.” On television, the rapper had a significant role on the Showtime series “House of Lies.”
His reality show “The Family Hustle” on VH1 is immensely popular and is going into its fifth year on the air.
T.I., who now has over ten years of experience in the music business and on the big screen, shared the difference between both industries.
“I think the environment to do music is such a different environment,” T.I. said. “There’s a different energy, Quite frankly a different demo, a different crowd, that one must frequent, to maximize the benefit of the potential of the music.”
According to T.I. the main contrast between music and film is the approach to creating the end product.
“Film [is] a lot more calm, laid-back and more professional, in the sense of promptness, is very important,” the rapper said about having to prepare for scenes and being on set.
Fans of T.I. can catch the rapper as “Dave,” in the movie “Ant-Man.” His show “The Family Hustle” airs each Sunday on VH1. In addition to his music and acting career, T.I. has two new albums in the can that are finished.