T.I. is heading back to school. Billboard learned on Tuesday (June 23) that Tip will be teaching the business of trap music at Clark Atlanta University this fall alongside renowned hip-hop scholar Dr. Melva K. Williams.

The innovative undergraduate course will mesh the history of trap music with the economics behind its meteoric rise to becoming a staple in 21st-century hip-hop.

“I’m excited to share my experiences and whatever resources or information I have that can be an asset for the future,” the trap pioneer says of his educational endeavor. “Drugs have existed for as long as humans have been on earth and music has existed for quite some time as well. The commonality that threads the two together is what makes trap music a dominant force in culture today.”

When Tip was originally inspired to take up rapping well over decades ago, he recognized a void in the Atlanta music scene, which wasn’t reflective of the rugged day-to-day trapping lifestyle going on throughout the city.

“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,” the Grand Hustle boss explains. “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.”
-Billboard