Tuesday, October 16th
Art of the S.W.A.T.S House
A collaborative art installation between rapper T.I. and artist Austin Blue.
“Beyond the Hustle: The Transformation of T.I.”
7 pm - 8:30 pm
WestGate Shopping Mall
3131 Campbellton Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA
Limited Space Available
The Art of the S.W.A.T.S. House is a cultural salute to the heritage, history, and heroes of Southwest Atlanta. Residing just off of Campbellton Road SW, The Art of the S.W.A.T.S. House will feature beautiful abstract murals by artist Austin Blue and images highlighting a few of Southwest Atlanta’s cultural pioneers curated by T.I.. Also, we will have a screening of T.I.’s new documentary “Beyond the Hustle: The Transformation of T.I.” by Courtney Kueppers.
Note: Space is limited and attendees are advised to bring their own chair.
As an artist, you can either follow the latest trend or set the standard. Never one to march behind anyone else, rapper/songwriter/producer T.I. has crafted a standard-setting career that includes three Grammy Awards and status as a hip-hop icon.
But that doesn’t mean the superstar is content to rest on those hard-won laurels. “Doing music the way I’ve always done it would only have me receive the same amount of success I’ve had,” says T.I.. “I firmly believe that to get something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done. So to be more successful, I needed to open myself up to other perspectives.”
And the King of the South is doing just that as he ramps up the next bar-raising phase in his storied career with “Dime Trap”. The rapper’s tenth studio album is the first under the new alliance between T.I.’s Grand Hustle label and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, and Epic Records.
The platinum-selling rapper is also raising the bar in the community through his Buy Back the Block initiative, an effort to spur investment and development into his childhood neighborhood of Bankhead. To date, T.I. has invested more than $2 million in the area. With the first properties he has acquired, the rapper, actor, activist, father, and urban developer plans to create mixed-use developments and amenities that will help the people of his beloved community.
One of the properties T.I. purchased is now home of the highly anticipated The Trap Museum, which showcases the not-so-glamorous beginnings of some today’s top rappers.
About Austin Blue
An ATLiens by way of San Francisco, Austin Blue is a dynamic artist know hip, urban yet vibrate art. Falling in love with art at an early age, Blue juxtaposes geometric shapes and varying colors, gradients, and layers, usually in contrast to the actual subject to create is art. He tries to explore a new technique or theme such as space or depth with each piece he makes while striving to learn and better his work.