SOURCE: Atlantic Records

September 16, 2005 19:08 ET

T.I. Lends a Helping Hand; Rapper Teams Up With "Heal the Hood" and Boost Mobile's RockCorps

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 16, 2005 -- Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist T.I. has teamed up with a handful of organizations, including David Banner's "Heal the Hood" and Boost Mobile's RockCorps, to provide aid to those still suffering from Hurricane Katrina's devastation.

The Atlanta-based rapper will join several hip-hop heavyweights tomorrow, September 17th for a benefit concert in Atlanta. Scheduled performers include Boyz N Da Hood, Nelly, 8 Ball, 112, Lyfe Jennings, and many more to be announced. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the concert will go directly to "Heal the Hood."

The concert will take place at the Philips Arena. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets, which cost between $25 and $100, are currently available through Ticketmaster.

On Saturday, September 24th, T.I. will perform at Boost Mobile's RockCorps concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The event is exclusively for the organization's volunteers who donated four or more hours of community service. Other's joining T.I. on stage will be Fat Joe, Young Jeezy, Slim Thug, and Paul Wall.

T.I. has already proven to be a huge voice in raising aid for Katrina victims. On Labor Day, he took to the airwaves on Atlanta's V-103 FM for more than seven hours, petitioning listeners to lend their support. The rapper kicked off the pledge drive by donating $50,000 of his own and helped to raise over $263,000, with proceeds going to "Heal the Hood." In addition, T.I. teamed up with a number of his fellow hip-hop superstars, including David Banner and Young Jeezy, for a massive food and clothing drive. The event was held at Atlanta's Club Vision on September 6th and 7th.

Having exploded into the hip-hop mainstream with 2003's RIAA gold-certified "TRAP MUZIK," the Atlanta-based T.I. is unquestionably one of rap's hottest artists. The self-proclaimed "King of the South" followed up his Grand Hustle/Atlantic premiere in late 2004 with "URBAN LEGEND." The acclaimed album -- which includes the smash singles "Bring Em Out" and "U Don't Know Me" -- made a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 on its way to RIAA platinum certification for U.S. sales exceeding 1,000,000.

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