Last month T.I. announced his new partnership with Columbia Records. At the time it was reported that Columbia would be the home for his upcoming album Trouble Man: He Who Wears The Crown and his imprint Grand Hustle. Well according to a recent interview Tip has cleared some misconceptions up and confirmed that Grand Hustle will remain an independent entity. He said
Let me clarify. Hustle Gang we still independent. We did a deal for T.I., for the next T.I. project. Not to say Hustle Gang is off the table, because you know, we felt like we had some partners at one time. But I think that since we made the move for T.I.’s project, I dunno if those partners of ours are still at the table. That’s still up for discussion. But as of right now, Hustle Gang still moving independent.
He also gave some insight behind why Pharrell will be executive producing the follow up to Heavy Is The Head:
Ever since I been home Pharrell been consistent just staying on me, and making sure that I grab a hold of all opportunities man and take full advantage of it. Blurred Lines,” the song of the year probably, that is one of the clearest results of that. That’s just a taste of what’s to come,’cause we got some stuff in the chamber for my project that we gunna start rolling off on y’all at the very top of the year. We very proud of the work we puttin’ in.
Check out the entire interview below!