Clay Evans, the vice president of rapper T.I.’s Grand Hustle, has died after suffering a massive stroke in early March 2023.
Evans’ passing has been confirmed by a family member on the Instagram page for his production company Rubicon.
As rolling out reported previously, Clayborne Evans Jr. suffered a massive stroke on March 8 while at home and had to be airlifted to the trauma center at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta. Unfortunately, Evans never recovered.
According to the IG page, a “Celebration of Life” ceremony will take place on April 1, 2023, beginning at 1 p.m. at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta.
Tip posted a video tribute to Evans where the pair laughed while freestyle rapping in what appears to be a dressing room.
“Never be another Us,” T.I. penned. “& I’m aight wit that. I just thought we’d have more time.”
Tip also included the time the two attended the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009 but couldn’t get near him because Tip couldn’t clear Secret Service background checks.
The multitalented Evans had accrued considerable industry prestige within the entertainment and music space in Atlanta and around the country. In addition to his VP role, Evans also served as T.I.’s road manager and counted rap star Travis Scott and comedian Lil Duval among his marquee clientele on his Rubicon company roster.
In fact, it was Duval who gave one of the more heartfelt tributes to the fallen Evans. Duval said it was Evans who inspired him to get back out on stage and perform after he was relegated to a wheelchair when his four-wheeler collided with a truck, causing considerable injuries.
“And he said to me ‘oh you getting back on that stage even if its in a wheelchair and i gotta push you,’ ” Lil Duval penned on IG. “And he did just that. As much of a legend and OG he was he still was humble enough to wait on me hand and foot when i was down.”
Other notables saluted Evans like Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi and Pharrell Williams.