Label: King Inc., Grand Hustle Records, Empire Distribution
Recent releases: Da’ Nic
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, T.I., the Grammy nominated, multiplatinum Atlanta rap veteran – is officially an independent hip-hop artist.
After over a decade-long run with Atlantic Records, which included five platinum albums and two number one hit singles, T.I. is ready to go back to Tip and build up his label Grand Hustle Records into a powerhouse business.
Corporate structure is about X’s and O’s and dollars and cents. So if you take something that derives from a sincere feeling, and there’s a passionate origin, and then you try to put it into this system of protocols, procedures — it doesn’t fit.
If Tip’s first independent project, Da’ Nic, is anything to go by, we’re going to see the King of the South return to his Trap Muzik days and make the music he wants, without the constraints and bureaucracy of a major label hassling him. I can’t wait to see what Tip does as an independent rapper in the next few years.