By Stranga The Great
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer
The partnership T.I. and Atlantic Records had through Grand Hustle Records was well-documented. This partnership took T.I. from a virtual no-name to being one of the highest-selling rappers in the game. Recent years were tough, as T.I. dealt with two prison stints that almost cost him his career.
Right when the whole world gave up on T.I., he came back strong and he released his album, Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head. Recently, this album went gold and it looked like a new beginning for T.I. Instead, it was the beginning of the end for T.I., as he revealed he was looking for a $75 million deal to sign with a label.
T.I. revealed he was having talks with Epic Records, which would reunite him and L.A. Reid, but later said that was a one-album deal for his crew. Now, the world has learned that T.I. will indeed be doing business with Sony. Columbia Records recently announced they have signed T.I. and Grand Hustle Records.
With this new deal, T.I.’s Trouble Man: He Who Wears The Crown, was pushed back until 2014, but he, Jason Geter, and Columbia Records have all released statements in regards to the new deal.
Read the official statements below:
“We’re very excited to welcome T.I. to the Columbia family. With his massive US success and career history, we are going to make him an even bigger superstar on a global level.”
– Rob Stringer (Chairman/CEO Columbia Records)”
“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 & appreciation for Doug Morris, Rob Stringer and the entire staff. Also, a special thank you to my big bruh, Sk8board P, for always believing in me and also executive producing my upcoming project.”
“We’re excited to be in business with Columbia Records and it’s team of leadership. I’m now looking forward to spreading our music on a global level.”
– Jason Geter, Grand Hustle
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