T.I. goes to Africa

Rap tycoon T.I. Harris flew to Tanzania to perform a concert in the Motherland on Friday. Sources tell gossip tabloid TMZ.com that T.I. was not afraid of contracting the deadly Ebola virus because he is as far away from the hot zones as possible.

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TI receipt

Rap tycoon T.I., aka Tip, pranked a group of winners who thought they were being styled by T.I. at Footaction store in NYC as part of a promo for the release of his album Paperwork: The Motion Picture. Watch the video below to see how the guys got hustled by T.I. and Footaction!

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T.I. performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

From a press release:

"ATLANTA, GA ----- The Atlanta Hawks and Grammy Award-winning superstar and Atlanta native Tip "T.I." Harris have teamed up to make Opening Night versus the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, Nov. 1st the hottest ticket in town. The celebration will start as soon as fans enter the doors and fans will have good reason to come early."

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Tameka

Tameka "Tiny" Harris addressed those pesky divorce rumors during an appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show last week.

The reality TV star said her marriage to reality show producer and hip hop tycoon Clifford "T.I." Harris, Jr. was still going strong, despite rampant rumors that she is dating a well-known Atlanta street pharmaceuticals distributor and T.I. has run off with a west coast groupie.

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Lil Wayne pays the IRS $7 million

When Lil Wayne hits the road on July 9th with rappers T.I. and 2 Chainz for the 40-city 'America's Most Wanted' tour, rapper Future will not be with them.

"I haven't been on the road in a minute," Weezy told MTV News on May 3. "I'm ready to get back out there and I'm going out there with Future and 'em, and they're going to obviously take over; I'm just playing the back field," he said.

That same day, PepsiCo announced it was dropping Lil Wayne (and the tour) from a sponsorship contract due to offensive lyrics in one of his songs.

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TI and Tiny in Bel Air

Rap mogul T.I. and his wife Tameka Tiny Harris, stars of popular hit reality TV show "The Family Hustle", were spotted out and about in Bel Air, California on Sunday. T.I. and Tameka were on the west coast on business. So they missed seeing their daughter Zonnique Pullins, 17, going to her first prom with music producer Rocko Da Don's oldest son, Ramone Malik Hill, 17.

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Tip Harris on gun control

In the wake of tragic school shootings such as the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre, rap mogul T.I. still hasn't softened his stance on gun ownership.

In an interview with Reuters, rap mogul Tip "T.I." Harris discussed his upcoming role in a comedy film, "Identity Thief"; his current album, Trouble Man; and his plans to use social media to stay relevant.

But it's his views on gun control that's getting the most attention on the blogs. In response to a question about gun ownership, T.I. said "Having a firearm is just as common as having bottled water" and "bullets are just as common as sticks of gum."

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Being wealthy is not all it's cracked up to be. Yes, you can buy everything your little heart desires, but you will also fall victim to greedy, unscrupulous people who are determined to separate you from your money.

People such as Vicki Lynne Jordan dba Jordan Victoria, owner of Event Couture LLC, who, according to my sources, overcharged rapper T.I. and his wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris to plan their wedding in Florida last year.

Friends say Jordan, who had no previous experience planning weddings, went over the budget by $290,000 to plan the star-studded nuptials in a mansion on Star Island in Miami, Florida on July 31, 2010.

Problems began to arise almost immediately after Jordan was hired: Tiny wanted an outdoor wedding. But Jordan insisted on holding the wedding inside the beautiful, but cramped and sweltering mansion (see picture of the mansion below).

The invitations (which were described as "tacky") were sent out to guests a week and a half prior to the wedding. There was no rehearsal dinner. When Jordan arrived in Florida, she subcontracted the wedding to another wedding planner in Florida, which means she was paid twice for the same service.

She was given $80,000 to cater the reception for less than 200 wedding guests. Instead of lobster and filet mignon on their plates, the guests dined on chicken and Caesar salad at the reception.

Tiny paid $20,000 for linen for the reception. But Jordan allegedly kept the linen after the reception, telling the couple that she was having the linen cleaned.

Since the wedding in July, Jordan has refused numerous requests to turn over the wedding photos, videos or the thousands of dollars worth of wedding gifts that the couple received, including a Hermes blanket from local radio host Ryan Cameron (V-103).

Friends say Jordan told T.I. and Tiny that she had no idea what happened to the gifts -- despite the fact that Jordan and her assistants were seen pushing 3 large baggage carts loaded down with gifts after the wedding.

Some guests stuffed as much as $1,000 cash and checks into envelopes as wedding gifts. The cash and checks are also missing.

The only wedding gift the couple received was from actors Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, who mailed their gift directly to the Grand Hustle offices in Atlanta.

The wedding photographer was Ray Santana of Ray Santana Photography, based in Florida. According to my source, a check for $8,000 was cut directly to Santana for his photography services (the source has the paid invoice to prove it). Yet Santana still refuses to hand over T.I. and Tiny's wedding pictures and video.

The only photos the couple have seen from their wedding so far are the ones guests took on their camera phones, which angered T.I. According to friends, he paid thousands of dollars to Jordan for tight security to prevent pictures from leaking out. "She was supposed to take care of that and she didnt," said my source.

According to my sources, Jordan told friends that T.I. and Tiny owe her less than $20,000, despite overcharging them $290,000 for her services. Sources say Jordan went on a shopping spree after returning to Atlanta. She allegedly bought a car, clothing and jewelry for herself.

According to my source, Tiny has hired an attorney and she plans to file a lawsuit later this year when her husband, T.I., who is serving 11 months in an Arkansas prison for a probation violation, is released in September.

"You don't do that to somebody's wedding. said my source. [Tiny] got one wedding gift and they're holding her wedding pictures hostage. Who would do that? It's a moral thing."


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Edited Feb. 19, 2011 @ 10:32 p.m.


A loyal reader writes:

Are you sure they are getting married. Why is Hoopz being spotted all over the place with him. Monique show & here what's really good?
--mswomack


So everyone is talking about T.I.'s apparent renewed interest in the reality TV skank star Hoopz since he got out of prison. It seems that T.I. and Hoopz have been seen together (even when he's with Tiny). Such as her appearance in the front row at the Mo'Nique show where T.I. was a guest. And last week, Hoopz was at Hush nightclub where T.I. performed.

You already know how T.I. and Tiny get down. So this should come as no surprise to any of you. I've said this repeatedly on my blog: that a powerful man is always going to have his jump off on the side. But Tiny will always be T.I.'s main lady and his side pieces know that. T.I. has already said that he's not leaving Tiny. The two are expected to tie the knot at a private ceremony later this month. But that doesn't mean that there won't be other women -- and Tiny knows that.

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Grand Hustle is putting Club Envy in Orlando on blast for false advertising.

To my readers in the Orlando area, T.I. and the Grand Hustle family did not authorize this so-called "Comeback Tour" that's supposed to take place at Club Envy in Orlando on April 29th. In fact, they didn't know anything about the fake concert until someone emailed the flyer to Atlantic Records to inquire about it.

If you paid for a ticket expecting to see T.I. at Club Envy, call the club at (321) 304-0229 and get your money back.