Word On The Curb…Tiffany “T.I.” The Police Harris has added another title to his extensive list of jobs on his resume: professor. The Grand Hustle mogul has been tapped to teach a college class “The Business of Trap Music” at Clark Atlanta.
The historical institution unveiled the news on Tuesday (June 23).
“HBCUs have a vital role in our community and have managed to withstand even while being some of the most under-resourced institutions,” T.I. said in a statement. “Our national HBCUs continue to underscore the fact that we have always had to do more with less. I am excited to be partnering with Clark Atlanta University in my hometown – Atlanta.”
He continued, “I applaud their innovative approach to ensuring their students are educated beyond the traditional textbook curriculum. I am honored to lend my voice and unique experiences to the betterment of today’s young people and to do my part to lift the legacy of historical black colleges and universities across the nation.”
According to Billboard, the course will examine the history of trap music and its meteoric rise in becoming a staple in 21st-century hip-hop. And, there is no better rapper to pontificate on the creation and implementation of trap music than T.I. who has been instrumental in making trap music mainstream.
“My intention was to take my lifestyle and turn that into a philosophical presentation of music, so other people going through similar experiences wouldn’t feel alone or alienated,” T.I. told the publication. “When we were coming up, the only artists coming from Atlanta was OutKast, Goodie Mob, and booty-shaking music. The first person to do it is always going to have the hardest time. After me, it was much easier for Jeezy and Gucci [Mane] to be accepted.”
He will co-teach alongside renowned hip-hop scholar Dr. Melva K.. Williams. According to the university’s website, Williams is co-founder for the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.) and Vice Chancellor for Southern University Shreveport and New Orleans.
The course will be offered to undergraduate students this coming fall semester.