After standing firm on his position, rapper T.I. has finally gotten what he’s been asking for. It was announced on Friday Nov. 22 that the rapper and his Grand Hustle imprint have signed with Columbia Records.
“We’re very excited to welcome T.I. to the Columbia family,” said Rob Stringer, chairman/CEO of Columbia Records, via a statement. “With his massive U.S. success and career history, we are going to make him an even bigger superstar on a global level.”
His latest album Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and is certified Gold. It was reportedly his last album under Atlantic Records, after a 10 year business relationship with the label.
T.I. has reportedly announced plans to release his ninth studio album, Trouble Man II: He Who Wears the Crown, early in 2014 under Columbia Records. T.I. has recruited Pharrell Williams, who was influential in his move to Columbia, to executive produce the LP, according to the label. Their collaboration comes on the heels of Robin Thicke‘s 2013 ”Blurred Lines,” which features both Pharrell and T.I.
“I’m honored to be partners with such a successful, passionate and creative conglomerate like Columbia Records,” T.I. said. “Nothing but love, respect & appreciation for [Sony Music CEO] Doug Morris, Rob Stringer, and the entire staff. Also, a special thank you to my big bruh, Sk8board P, for always believing in me.”
Congrats to T.I., Jason Geter, and the entire Grand Hustle family. We are excited to see what 2014 has in store. #salute