Rapper T.I. comes to Abbotsford in January

Concert part of Us or Else Canadian tour

Rapper T.I. performs at Abbotsford Centre in January.

Grammy Award-winning rapper T.I. has announced a stop in Abbotsford as part of his Us or Else Canadian promo tour.

The concert takes place Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets go on sale starting Monday, Nov. 28 at 10 a.m.

Rapper/songwriter/producer T.I. has crafted a standard-setting career that includes three Grammy Awards and status as a hip-hop icon.

The King of the South is ramping up the next bar-raising phase in his storied career with Paperwork.

The rapper’s ninth album is the first under the new alliance between T.I.’s Grand Hustle label and Columbia Records.

Already tipping the chart scales is Paperwork’s lead single No Mediocre, featuring Australian rapper and T.I. protégé Iggy Azalea. Simultaneously whipping up its own buzz is About the Money featuring Young Thug.

Music isn’t T.I.’s only forte. A published author (Power & Beauty, Trouble & Triumph), he has racked up notable acting credits, including the films Identity Thief, Takers, American Gangster, Get Hard, and ATL plus a guest-starring role in the Showtime series House of Lies.

The business entrepreneur and community service advocate also stars in VH1’s T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle. Now in its third season, the high-rated unscripted series features his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and their blended family of six children.

But music remains at the core of T.I.’s various pursuits; the rapper says he and Pharrell recorded more than 200 songs during the Paperwork process.

T.I. will be touring Canada in support of his new EP titled Us or Else. The first single, We Will Not, was released on Aug. 6 in response to the turmoil caused by the injustices going on in America, namely police brutality following the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.

Tickets for the Abbotsford show range from $45 to $75 and are available online at ticketmaster.ca or charge by phone at 1-855-985-5000.