T.I. is taking his talents to teach ‘Business of Trap Music’ at Clark Atlanta University in his hometown Atlanta.
Billboard announces classes will start this fall alongside hip-hop scholar, Dr. Melva K. Williams and will teach the “history of trap music with the economics behind its meteoric rise to becoming a staple in 21st-century hip-hop.”
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“I’m excited to share my experiences and whatever resources or information I have that can be an asset for the future,” the trap king shared. “Drugs have existed for as long as humans have been on earth and music has existed for quite some time as well. The commonality that threads the two together is what makes trap music a dominant force in culture today.
Beginning his rap career over 20 years ago, he explains that his style of rap was birth after filling a void of music that he felt the Atlanta music scene was missing. Since creating his own lane in the industry, he has made way for rappers after him.
“My intention was to take my lifestyle and turn that into a philosophical presentation of music, so other people going through similar experiences wouldn’t feel alone or alienated,” T.I. explains. “When we were coming up, the only artists coming from Atlanta was OutKast, Goodie Mob, and booty-shaking music. The first person to do it is always going to have the hardest time. After me, it was much easier for Jeezy and Gucci [Mane] to be accepted.”
Since building his legacy he’s also built a Trap Museum celebrating the trap rap culture with exhibits related to various rappers’ experience.
Along with the course, Clark Atlanta University announced they will honor Atlanta resident, Rayshard Brooks by extending a scholarship offer to each of his four children when they’re ready for college. Brooks was killed by police officers outside of a Wendy’s location in Atlanta.
“What we concluded is if everyone does a little, nobody has to do a lot,” TI shares from a conversation with CAU President George T. French Jr. “We’re doing all we can as a community to uplift the [Brooks] family here in Atlanta. If something happens to one of us, it could happen to any of us.”
When he’s not rapping or making a difference in his community, T.I. is famously known for using his SAT words in everyday conversation. We’re sure he’s excited to head to the classroom and teach his students expeditiously.
HBCU Community Upset Netflix’s CEO Donated $120 Million To Only Spelman and Morehouse
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How it’s over 100 HBCUs and y’all keep donating to the same 3??????— Kionne, M.S., M.Ed. (@MsKKemp) June 17, 2020
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I’m not mad about Spelman and Morehouse receiving 120 million... I’m mad that 120 million could’ve have been divided amongst more than 2 HBCUs...— public enemy🥇 (@alanamikia) June 17, 2020
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HBCUs that could have used some of that $120 million:— Booker G. Washington (@TendentiousG) June 17, 2020
Coahoma Community College
Tennessee State University
South Carolina State
Lincoln U PA
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Y’all do know its 105 other HBCUs right? There’s more HBCUs than just Morehouse, Spelman, and Howard. 🤒 https://t.co/d6yDY2nvDo— URGENCY 2021. 🎬 (@_DashawnJ_) June 17, 2020
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There’s HBCUs that are literally on the brink of shutting down but y’all donate to the schools with the $700 million endowments....... ok, lol.— the notebook dealer (@sharonbmills) June 17, 2020
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Stop saying you’re donating to “HBCUs” if you’re only donating to the same tired 3. Say their names. 😂— Booker G. Washington (@TendentiousG) June 17, 2020
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Howard, Hampton, Morehouse, and Spelman does not equal “HBCUs.”— Booker G. Washington (@TendentiousG) June 10, 2020
There are 107 HBCUs.
Just because those 4 enjoy the most white name recognition, and/or you buy into what you think is prestige, or you couldn’t afford them, does not make them “THEE HBCUs.”
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120 million to 3 HBCUs private at that versus splitting with a number of HBCUs or maybe all of em would’ve been more practical. But when you only show favor to the same institutions that is just a public exhibition of elitism and classism had amongst HBCUs which is divisive af.— Meka VandrΩss 🐶💉⚡️ (@Meka_Lullaby) June 18, 2020