T.I. has found a home for his Grand Hustle imprint. Following his departure from Atlantic Records, where he released where he released seven albums, the “Trouble Man” rapper has steered his ship over to Columbia records. In a press release, Tip credits super-producer Pharrell Williams for helping to make the deal happen, along with announcing that the “Get Lucky” singer will be producing his next album.
“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," T.I. said in a statement. "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," adds Jason Geter of Grand Hustle.
For Columbia Records, Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO cites, “We’re very excited to welcome T.I. to the Columbia family. With his massive U.S. success and career history, we are going to make him an even bigger superstar on a global level.”
Tip is expected to release ‘Trouble Man II: He Who Wears the Crown’ in early 2014.