About the Money

T.I.

featuring Young Thug

Paperwork: The Motion Picture

June 3rd, 2014

For T.I. it’s all “About the Money”. He started out with nothing but through his music he’s earned his money. “I went from rags to riches to a feature with Tip.” Everything he does is to make money. He tells his ‘associates’ not to contact him if it’s not money related – he doesn’t have time to waste on them. “If it ain't about the money/Ain't no use in you ringin' my line, stop wastin' my time." He expects the respect he thinks he deserves and if he doesn’t get it he’ll get it one way or another. “Niggas disrespect me, I'm a catch a felony."

Did you know?

  • As of September 8, 2014 “About the Money” has peaked at number 16 on the US Hot Rap Songs, number 20 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number 70 on the US Billboard Hot 10 chart.
  • The music video was released on June 2, 2014. American rapper Birdman, makes a cameo appearance.
  • Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. was born September 25, 1980 in Atlanta, Georgia and is better known by his stage name T.I. (and formerly T.I.P.).
  • He is 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.
  • T.I. began to gain major recognition in 2003, after he was featured on fellow Atlanta-based rapper Bone Crusher's single "Never Scared".
  • T.I. has served two terms in county jail, both for probation violations, and a federal prison bid for a U.S. federal weapons charge.
  • T.I. has also had a successful acting career, starring in the films ATL, Takers and Identity Thief.
  • He is also a published author, having written two novels Power & Beauty (2011) and Trouble & Triumph (2012)
  • T.I. began rapping at age eight.
  • As a teenager, he dealt drugs. By age 14, he had been arrested several times.
  • He was nicknamed "Tip" after his paternal great-grandfather.
  • He was once known as Rubber Band Man, a reference to the custom of wearing rubber bands around the wrist to denote wealth in terms of drugs or money.
  • On November 21, 2008, T.I. testified in the murder trial of a member of his entourage and a close friend, Philant Johnson (1980–2006), who was murdered in a shooting that occurred after a post-concert party at a club.
  • T.I. a songwriter, is also a ghostwriter, having written for Diddy, Dr. Dre, Bun B, Keyshia Cole and Bow Wow.
  • Creed singer Scott Stapp explained on a VH-1 television show that he had attempted suicide in Miami by jumping off a balcony and T.I., who happened on the scene, "took care of the situation."