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).