HipHop DX:ATLANTA, GA, By Kyle Eustice – T.I. has always represented for his hometown of Atlanta. While he’s undoubtedly amassed a substantial amount of wealth during the course of his lucrative career, he also funnels it back into his community.

On Wednesday (November 3), T.I. and Tiny took a trip to his old Bankhead neighborhood to scope out his new affordable housing development. According to an Instagram video posted by Tip, the development includes 143 units, a community garden, community center and greenhouse.

“So yeah, checkin’ on my development here in Bankhead, you know what I’m saying?” he says in the clip. “Right here used to be the old K-Mart … now we got affordable housing … 143 units going up, mixed-use community, you dig? We about 40 percent done. We supposed to be done sometime next year.

“Since everybody’s from here, what you done did for here? I ain’t finna do a whole bunch jaw-jacking. I’m gonna show mine. But, you know, this is our first project as developers. We’re proud of it.”

He adds toward the end, “Don’t look at me. Look at my work. Look at my moves. Shit, we can kill all the cap.”

TI has already invested millions of dollars into his Atlanta community. In October 2020, he encouraged his 13.2 million Instagram followers to ditch the Cartier watches and Louis Vuitton gear to invest in property instead.

Speaking to HipHopDX at the time, the platinum-selling rapper revealed he shared the post not long after speaking to two different employees at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in Atlanta, which both sell luxury brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada.

“I do — what do you call it? Human experiments, social experiments and stuff like that; just looking and monitoring,” he said. “Do you ever people watch? Like just go somewhere and just recreationally sit there and wonder what they’re up to? Over the last few weeks, the malls, the stores are flooded. The person that I work with at Neiman Marcus, and the people that I know at Saks … the Neiman Marcus is at a huge mall called Lenox and Saks is at a smaller boutique, but more expensive mall called Phipps Plaza. They’re adjacent to one another, right across the street.

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