Super Bowl hot spots: 5 places T.I. says you have to experience in his hometown
‘The Super Bowl might get the people in the city, but they’re gonna leave with the culture.’
ATLANTA — Around these parts, the rapper and movie star who gave a name to your favorite style of rap music and amplified it globally — the one who has released 10 studio albums and collected Grammys, MTV Music Video Awards, BET Awards and more, the guy in your Tidal library listed as T.I. — is known as Tip. And if you know Tip, then you know Tip doesn’t bite his tongue.
He’s not happy with the NFL right now. “I’m pushing culture,” he said in a recent interview with The Undefeated. “The Super Bowl might get the people in the city, but they’re gonna leave with the culture.” But he is thrilled that the world will shine a spotlight on his beloved Atlanta, and he has curated a list of must-dos for those who crave that authentic ATL experience (there’s really an infinite number of cool things to do in Atlanta).
“You gotta absorb yourself with the culture, immerse yourself within it,” said T.I. “You can’t expect to come here and go places without understanding the way of life. … A lotta people come to Atlanta and immediately compare it to wherever the f— they just came from. You got to understand, this s— feels different because it is different, so don’t expect it to be the same. Ya dig?”
66 Decatur St.
“Walter’s is a specialty store: sneaker store, clothing store. Right there, right downtown in the heart of the city. You want to go to Walter’s to get yourself fresh. It’s right in the midst of Georgia State University. It’s on the corner right across the street from the State [of Georgia] Building.”
365 Edgewood Ave. NE
“That’s Killer Mike’s barbershop,” Tip says of his fellow ATL rapper. “You know, get your edge clean. Got to go to Swag Shop because you’re gonna need a fresh cut. Barbershops, [at] any given time, you’re gonna hear about what’s going on later that night. … In order for you to know where to go, what is cracking, what really going to be going off, what everybody’s talking about, you got to get out there.”
19 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW
“One of my old one-timers ran the joint. We came up in this music thang together. If you’re vegan or vegetarian or pescatarian … they have [those] alternatives, and it’s fast food. It’s quick, it’s good and it’s just different,” said T.I. “I get the salmon sliders and the air-fry french fries. And the lemonade!”
630 Travis St. NW
“The Trap Music Museum,” said T.I., “celebrates the era of trap music and the most significant contributors to the culture.”
241 Forsyth St. SW
T.I. on the city’s pre-eminent strip club: “After you leave the Trap Museum, there are several places to have a party — but the one [place] where you can’t go wrong … is the Magic City. It’s magic. It’s whimsical.”