The Grand Hustle

The Grand Hustle is an American reality competition. The show features a group of sixteen men and women who compete for a six-figure salary position working under Clifford "T.I." Harris. Each episode focuses on the contestants' reactions to a particular challenge, while Harris observes the contestants back at an Atlanta mansion alongside his business partners and associates.[1]

The Grand Hustle
GenreReality Competition
Created byT.I.
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Executive producersT.I.
Brian Sher
Christian Sarabia
Vinnie Kaufman
Johnny Petillo
Production locationsAtlanta, GA
Running time41 min
Production company51 Minds Entertainment
Original networkBET
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
Original releaseJuly 20, 2018 (2018-07-20) –
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The 51 Minds produced show follows the contestants across a dozen hour-long episodes that take place in Atlanta.

Harris serves both as star and as executive producer on the show, along with fellow Executive Producers Brian Sher, Christian Sarabia, Vinnie Kaufman and Johnny Petillo. Petillo served as a producer on Donald Trump’s former reality show The Apprentice, and on Survivor, which explains the show's similarities to both series. T.I. says he distinguishes himself from Trump—and fellow hip-hop business reality show maven Diddy—by the way he interacts with the contestants. He emphasizes face-to-face, honest feedback and treats his employees like family.[2]


"T.I. is looking to expand his Grand Hustle business empire and is on the hunt for a highly skilled executive to join the team. Set in Atlanta, this reality competition series features sixteen men and women competing in various challenges for the coveted position, with a six-figure salary, within T.I.'s multimillion-dollar company, which he built from the ground up. The hopefuls serve up big deals and even bigger doses of drama each week, en route to one being crowned the Grand Hustler."[3]

The contestants are progressively eliminated from the game as they are voted out by Harris until one remains and is awarded the grand prize and joins The Grand Hustle.


The first season consisted of twelve episodes. The series premiered on BET on July 20, 2018.[4]


  • Yonathan Elias
  • Krystal Garner
  • Ivan Parker
  • George Ray III
  • Jennifer 'Ms Fer' Russell


Name Age Hometown Occupation Eliminated Notes
Krystal Garner Staten Island, NY Event Planner Winner
George Ray III Fort Lauderdale, FL Business Consultant/Professor Runner-Up
Yonathan Elias New York, NY International Television Host Week 11
Grace-C Los Angeles, CA Teacher Week 11
Terron Hall Baltimore, MD Media Sales Consultant Week 10
Blanca "Ciera" Gabbana Baltimore, MD Digital Media CEO Week 9
Jillian Miller Chicago, IL Brand Ambassador Week 8
Troy Woolfolk Austin, TX Digital Marketing Specialist Week 8
Jo'Vonne "Javi" Renee Deland, FL Makeup & Fashion Designer Week 7
Jonathan Torres Queens, NY Salon Owner Week 6
Vanessa Blair New York, NY Executive Personal Assistant Week 5
Christopher Mobil Theme Park Owner Week 4
Ivan Parker Mobile, AL Custom Footwear Designer Week 3
Nykyta Arnold Atlanta, GA Tech Company Account Executive Week 2
Brandon Brice Detroit, MI Nonprofit Fundraiser Week 1
Akeyla Asuncion Arlington, VA Marketing Director Week 1


Season 1Edit

Season 1 began on July 20, 2018 and concluded on October 4, 2018.[5]

No. Title Air Date
1 "Hustle 101" July 18, 2018
2 "Pop Up Shop" July 25, 2018
3 "Failure To Launch" August 1, 2018
4 "Us or Else" August 9, 2018
5 "If The Shoe Fits" August 15, 2018
6 "The Hustle Never Stops" August 22, 2018
7 "Lights, Camera, Hustle" August 29, 2018
8 "Casino Night" September 6, 2018
9 "No Hollywood Ending" September 13, 2018
10 "Family Values" September 20, 2018
11 "Assistant For A Day" September 27, 2018
12 "What Happens In Vegas" October 4, 2018


  1. ^ "There's No Cheesecake Fetching In The Grand Hustle, But T.I. Does Deliver On Entertainment". Shadow and Act.
  2. ^ "T.I. Aims To Top Trump With BET Reality Show 'Grand Hustle'". Forbes.
  3. ^ "The Grand Hustle".
  4. ^ "T.I. Partners With BET For New Competition Series 'The Grand Hustle'". Billboard.
  5. ^ "The Grand Hustle". BET.

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