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Whoa Nelly – whoops, no not that rapper, this one. A.K.A – T.I. Do you know much about him? Rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur, he hails from Bankhead, Atlanta, Georgia. He embarked on his music career with his longtime friends and fellow rappers in the Southern hip hop group Pimp Squad Click (P$C). T.I. is also the founder and co-chief executive officer (CEO) of Grand Hustle Records, which he launched in 2003. In 2009, Billboard ranked him as the 27th Artist of the 2000s decade.The guy certainly hasn’t had it easy. Between feuding, prison/jail (three total terms), and all the other trials and tribulations life has thrown at him, he’s had time to create a successful clothing line (Akoo) and also penned two novels. One things for sure – the man’s got faith.

Whether it’s a military-inspired Akoo “Defender” hat, a blinged out pairing of Rolexes (think gold and diamonds) to match his encrusted cross, or Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino fragrance, each item serves as a reminder that appearance, time and faith in God have been very important in making T.I. the accomplished man he is today. A pair of iPhones, Tom Ford shades and a clean leather portfolio doesn’t hurt either. Enjoy!

Essentials: T.I. | Hypebeast.

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