T.I. Builds His Empire – XXL Issue 149

T.I. With all the drama behind him, T.I. is focused on building his empire. Words Neil Martinez-Belkin Images Jonathan Mannion Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of XXL Magazine. This is part three of the three-part story with Lil Wayne, T.I. and 2 Chainz. It’s a hot Manhattan day in May, and hip-hop veteran T.I. is at Highline Stages studio in the city’s trendy Meatpacking District. As the Atlanta MC changes outfits for the cover shoot of this magazine, G.D.O.D., the first collective offering from his Hustle Gang crew, booms from the studio’s speakers. The mixtape, released just hours earlier, ...

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