T.I. and his Grand Hustle label imprint are free agents no longer. Tip announced that his Grand Hustle camp signed a major deal with Columbia records after being an independent label for about a year.
“I’m honored to be partners with such a successful, passionate and creative conglomerate like Columbia Records, who respects and supports the vision of their artist and partners. Nothing but love, respect and appreciation for Doug Morris, Rob Stringer and the entire staff,” T.I. says via press release. “Also, a special thank you to my big bruh, Sk8board P, for always believing in me and also executive producing my upcoming project.”
With the new venture locked down, T.I. is ready to release a new album, “Trouble Man: He Who Wears the Crown,” which is expected to be released early in 2014. According to billboard.com:
“T.I. plans to release his upcoming ninth studio album, under Columbia Records, early in 2014. Tip has recruited Pharrell Williams, who was influential in his move to Columbia, to executive produce the LP, according to the label. Their collaboration comes after the success of Billboard’s song of the summer, Robin Thicke’s, “Blurred Lines,” which features both Pharrell and T.I.”
This new venture should be beneficial for all parties involved as Grand Hustle will get the support of a major label to promote its records and Columbia acquires a new stable of talent that includes not just T.I., but also artists like B.o.B., Travi$ Scott and Trae The Truth.
T.I. was previously signed to Atlantic Records, which is part of the Warner Music Group.