Three-Time Grammy Award Winning Rap Artist T.I brings his Hustle Gang Tour to Asheville, NC

Three-Time Grammy Award Winning Rap Artist T.I brings his Hustle Gang Tour to Asheville, NC

In case you haven’t heard, three-time Grammy Award winning rapper, songwriter, and producer T.I. is bringing his ‘Hustle Gang Tour’ to the ExploreAsheville.com Arena Tuesday, May 2nd. As an accomplished southern hip hop artist from Atlanta, Georgia, T.I. has released nine studio albums, seven of which reached the top five of the US Billboard 200 chart, and has collaborated on several successful singles with high-profile artists, including the likes of Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Lil’ Wayne, Destiny’s Child, Pharrell Williams and more.  In fact, it was through his collaboration with Williams on Robin Thicke’s hit song ‘Blurred Lines,’ that he and Pharrell went on to continue working together, with him acting as executive producer, in the creation of T.I.’s ninth album Paperwork. That’s a pretty impressive lineup of accomplishments for such a young artist.

“You must find ways to reinvent yourself in order to remain relevant,” says T.I. “And who better to help me than someone as passionate and talented as Pharrell? He found a way to bring a colorful, left field approach to my blue-collar celebrity. Between his wings and my anchor, we balance each other out. That duality is what makes this project unique.”

It’s because of that talent and ability to reinvent himself that Asheville native Joe Greene sought him out to add Asheville to the map in his Hustle Gang  tour. Greene is the creator of asheville411.com, the promotional site you’re on now for events, activities and business listings that are inclusive of the African American community in Western Carolina. He sees T.I.’s performance here in Asheville as an important one for our mountain town, especially for youth of color. It’s through shows like these that young people of all backgrounds are able to see career paths and options for themselves outside of their everyday lives.  As a primary organizer of the ‘Goombay Festival,’ the second in charge of the youth development program ‘My Daddy Taught Me That’ and the only African-American member of the Civic Center Commission, Greene recognizes the need for events that represent a more diverse Asheville than we typically see.

“All in all this will be a win/win for the community as a whole. To have people of all walks of life in this community come together for fun events is great, but to have people of color come out and be exposed to the downtown area and  occupy the US Cellular Center, really shows  that Asheville is serious about being diverse,” he says. These are the beginning stages of fostering better relationships, community building, and moving forward so the entire community can come together in positive ways.”

Greene also pitched the concept of a Hood Talk to T.I. Hood Talks are based off an old BET show “Teen Summit.” It’s a show for young people to invite celebrities in and interview them—ask questions, get their opinions on different subjects, take feedback from their communities and voice their opinions to the celebrities to create an empowering interaction. The goal is to inspire young people and give them outlets to be heard, share their voices, and learn entrepreneurship. T.I hasn’t confirmed the Hood Talk as of yet.

Adult tickets for the Hustle Gang Tour are $50.00 plus applicable fees. Student tickets are available with college ID for $30.00 plus applicable fees. This show is General Admission; ticket prices go up by $5.00 day of show. The Grand Hustle Package is available and will include priority entry and seating, exclusive backstage tour, pre-show Green Room access and photo opportunity with T.I., collectible laminate autographed by T.I., exclusive backstage merch pack, and an opportunity to preview to new/unreleased music by T.I. The Hustle Package is also available and will include priority entry, tour poster autographed by T.I., and an exclusive Hustle merch pack.

 

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