T.I. is looking to cash in thanks to his solid track record of music. TMZ reports that the King of the South‘s contract with longtime recording home, Atlantic Records, is reportedly up, and whichever major label he signs to next is going to have to put up millions for his services. However, Hip-Hop Wired reached out to Atlantic and its rep say that T.I. is still signed to the label.]
Sources close to T.I. tell TMZ … T.I.’s 10-year contract with Atlantic ran up only a month ago … but he’s already put together his own idea of a $75 million deal:
- 3 albums - 10-20 percent of publishing, touring, merchandise, film and TV rights - Corporate endorsement deals - Exclusive signing of all Grand Hustle artists
Sources close to T.I. tell TMZ … he’s already met with some of the industry’s biggest names … including Dr. Dre, who asked him to join Interscope over dinner at Katana recently (see picture) … and Jay-Z, who wants T.I. in the RocNation family.
Tip’s latest album on Atlantic is the just released Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head. The Atlanta rapper has dropped a total of seven albums on the label but his debut, 2001′s I’m Serious, was released via Arista. Besides Dr. Dre, Tip has allegedly already met with Sony (who offered him $50M) and will be politicking with Universal later this week. The “Whatever You Like” rapper’s next album will reportedly be called Trouble Man II: He Who Wears the Crown.
After months of delays, T.I.’s highly anticipated albumTrouble Man: Heavy is the Head has finally hit record stores. Now, in a recent interview with XXL, the King of the South discusses the one collaboration that never made the final cut of his eighth solo album. According to Tip, Jay-Z was expected to be featured on one of the songs featured on Trouble Man titled “G Season.” Although Jay was unable to jump on the Cardiak-produced track, T.I. was ultimately able to secure a verse from MMG newcomer Meek Mill.
“I asked Jay to get on ['G Season'],” he said. “I sent word to Jay-Z, I asked him to get on it. I know he had a lot of shit going on, so he never got around to it. I finally ran into Meek in the club—we was at, when Kanye did that thing at the post office about five, six weeks ago. We was there together and I was like, Hey, man, I got something I want you to do. We left there, got something to eat, then we went to Just Blaze’s studio in Harlem and laid the shit down right there.”