Smart bets: T.I.

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Atlanta-born hip-hop artist T.I. will stop in Asheville as part of his Hustle Gang Tour. The rapper released his 10th studio album Us or Else: Letter to the System last fall. It’s a politically charged call to action for the black community. T.I. has long been a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and songs like “Black Man,” a blunt meditation on police violence, exemplify the artist’s dedication to the cause. T.I.’s visit to Asheville was facilitated by Joe Greene, who is intentionally broadening the scope of diversity in Asheville through events like Goombay Festival and performances with social justice and black empowerment messages. T.I. plays the ExploreAsheville.com Arena on Tuesday, May 2, at 8 p.m. $50/$55/$30 students. avl.mx/3mg. Photo courtesy of T.I. 

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