T.I. Says Columbia Records Deal Is Only For His Next Project

T.I. to begin releasing new music from "Trouble Man: He Who Wears The Crown" at the top of next year.

Atlanta rapper T.I. used his recent appearance on Hood Rich Radio with DJ Scream to shed some light on his new deal with Columbia Records. According to the Hustle Gang helmsman, his deal with the label is solely for his next album, tentatively titled Trouble Man: He Who Wears The Crown, and is in no way linked with Hustle Gang.

T.I. also went on to explain that he did have a few partners interested in Hustle Gang, but is unsure of where that relationship currently stands due to his deal with Columbia.

“Hustle Gang, man, we still independent,” said T.I. “They did a deal for the next T.I. project. Not to say that Hustle Gang is off the table because we felt like we had some partners at one time, but I think that since we made the move that we made for T.I.’s project, I don’t know if those partners of ours are still at the table. That’s still up for discussion, but as of right now Hustle Gang is still moving independent.”

The Southern emcee also spoke on producer Pharrell Williams, an artist who will serve as executive producer for T.I.’s Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head follow-up. T.I. says the Virginia beatsmith played a vital role in keeping him on top of various opportunities, including an appearance on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” following his release from jail.

He also revealed that fans can expect new music from Trouble Man: He Who Wears The Crown beginning at the top of the year.

“Basically, ever since I been home man, Pharrell has been consistent with just staying on me and making sure that I take—that I grab a hold of all opportunities, man,” said T.I. “And take full advantage of it. ‘Blurred Lines,’ the song of the year probably, that is one of the clearest results of that. And that’s just a taste of what’s to come cause we got some stuff in the chamber man for my project that we gon’ start rolling off on y’all at the very top of the year, man.”

T.I. first announced that Pharrell would executive produce his next album, last month when he revealed that Columbia Records would be putting out the LP.

"Also, a special thank you to my big bruh, Skateboard P, for always believing in me and also executive producing my upcoming project," said the rapper.

In addition to appearing alongside T.I. on “Blurred Lines,” Pharrell also produced the Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head track, “Hello.”

Audio from T.I.'s interview with DJ Scream can be found below (via HotNewHipHop).

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  • Anonymous

    T.I..." also spoke on producer Pharrell Williams, an artist who will serve as executive producer for T.I.s Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head follow-up. That's all you gotta know to be sure this album gonna be all pop music

    • fuccya

      First off, they already got tracks like Amazing, Hello, Get Back Up, Goodlife which are heavy as hell fo sho, bangin. Second, Tip is known for selling pop music (almost half of his shit!), so is Pharrel (MOST of his, not everything but most indeed). My bet is its gonna be pop-music, well its obvious to me. I dont expect more than 3-4 tracks to be hard...

    • Chris

      You might want to go back and listen to Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury is you think Pharrell is only capable of making "pop" music...

    • Anonymous

      Pharrell is versatile you dumb fucks. He can make pop tunes or he can make the grimiest shit you ever heard (eg. Clipse material).

    • fuccya

      Hahahahah, i thought the same then maybe i was mistaking and Pharrel is good... The only dark heavy shit from him i remember is maybe Already Platinum, really liked it. So i checked the "blurred lines". Motherfucker most definetily gon ruin whole album with his mainstream POP-production and wack singing. I just hope there will be a place for 3-4 (maybe bonus-?)tracks for those who love hiphop. And to finish the thought, Diddy's shit is more hiphop than Pharrel and im not a fan.

    • BP

      Pharrell doesn't just produce pop music you cretin he's one of the last few producers to still provide that soulful sound

  • Anonymous

    Translation... Nobody wants to pony up big money for me.

  • Mavis Smith

    just before I saw the bank draft which was of $7049, I have faith ...that...my neighbours mother was like they say trully earning money part-time on their laptop.. there sisters roommate had bean doing this 4 only 9 months and resantly paid the mortgage on there villa and purchased a great new Volkswagen Golf GTI. published here... www.Fb39.com I listened to it twice and I'm going to stand by my opinion. Not everybody gonna like the same shit. Different people like different things. AAAAAAARGH!!

  • Latonya Bell

    before I saw the check which had said $8979, I accept that...my... neighbour was truley taking home money in their spare time on their apple laptop.. there great aunt has done this for only 18 months and as of now cleard the morgage on there house and bought a great new Citron DS. original site... www.Fb39.com if you compare this album to anything else out there it's unique and exactly what Kanye West tried (and failed) to do with Yeezus

  • Anonymous

    guess he aint get that 45 million dollar deal he was talkin bout LOL

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