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T.I. explains Columbia deal: ‘We still independent’

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Atlanta hip-hop star and Grand Hustle CEO T.I. announced last month that he’s inked a new deal with Columbia Records after ten years with Atlantic. Recently, Tip went on record to explain the particulars of the new partnership; revealing that Columbia will handle his next project but his Hustle Gang remains an independent entity.

“Hustle Gang, man, we still independent,” said T.I. during the interview with DJ Scream of Hood Rich radio. “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.”

He also thanked longtime friend Pharrell Williams for his continued support. Williams will be executive producer on T.I.’s upcoming album.

“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.”

“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.