T.I. encouraged his 13.2 million Instagram followers to ditch the Cartier watches and Louis Vuitton gear to invest in property instead last month.
August 9, 2020 Since 2017, Tip has spent over $2.7 million to buy six properties and plots of land in his old Center Hill neighborhood as part of his Buy Back The Block initiative, although he notes its a very symbiotic situation. I make money too, he says. You can do well and do good at the same time. You dont have be a slumlord in order to make money. You dont have to be a poor person in order to give back. I believe that the best way to help people in need in the community is to not become one. I am in the for-profit business. Philanthropy is something I do because I like to do it. But when my money goes somewhere and I invest into a community, Im doing that to make money dont get me wrong. But the money that I make gives me a strength and freedom to invest more into the community. But when it comes to his best investment, Tipadmits it has nothing to do with money. In fact, he confidently states it has everything to do with Deyjah, Domani,Clifford (King), Messiah, Major and Heiress Harris his six children. I think thats the greatest investment that any of us have, he says. Thats going to be the reflection, thats your receipt of the time you spent on Earth. If your life was a retail store, and your death was you checking out and making your purchase, your children would be the receipt. Your children will say, OK, you did this, and you did this and you did this. And I think thats the greatest investment that I had. Embed from Getty Images Anyone whos come across Domani,a successful music artist in his own right, can attest to his good Southern manners and respectful demeanor. The fact that you just told me how your experience with Domaniwas, other people tell me that about Major, other people tell me that about Messiah, about Deyjah King has a little more of that little bad ass Tip in him than the other kids do but all of my children, they leave impressions on people and they have an energy thats memorable, thats respectful and commendable. And I dont know, a lot of people say, well they learned it just by observing you. Im like, Good thing they werent looking all the time .' Embed from Getty Images For now, T.I. is still doling out advice while waiting on that Ferrari his kids promised him over a decade ago. I tell King, Domani, and Messiah all the time, I say, Hey, listen. Now you guys, youre growing up and youre getting older, and youre going to start liking girls and stuff like that. Youre going to want to meet people and take them out and spend money on them. And want you to remember, I come first. I was not frugal or stingy, I spared no expense on you guys coming up. And now, before you get to learning to spend money on other people, lets get some of that back to me . They owe me a Ferrari. In 2008, for Fathers Day, they gave me a red Ferrari-like figurine. I couldnt drive because I was on probation or something like that. The judge told me I couldnt drive, something like that. So they gave me a little Ferrari car because they know I like to drive fast. And then they said, Well get you a real one later on, you can drive that. Alright, you little smart mouth . Until Tips kids pay up, hes content promoting his latest album, The L.I.B.R.A. (The Legend Is Back Running Atlanta), which arrived on October 16 with features from Young Thug, Lil Baby, Snoop Dogg, Jeremih, Rick Ross, Rapsody, Benny The Butcher and more. Check out The Ringvideo featuring Thugger above and come back soon for Part II of the HipHopDX interview with T.I. Subscribe to DX Newsletter Get The Most Important Stories Of The Day Straight To Your Inbox Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Youre Far Too Kind To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you. Joining Newsletter