T.I. Says Yo Gotti Is Officially In Hustle Gang, Maino & Uncle Murda May Be Next
UPDATE: Yo Gotti says that "vlogs" misquoted T.I., and that he remains signed to his own CMG/Epic Records imprint, supported by L.A. Reid.
After some speculation in the springtime, T.I. has announced his announced his latest addition to Hustle Gang. Previously, Tip speculated on the possible joining of Memphis, Tennessee's Yo Gotti, Houston, Texas's Kirko Bangz, and Compton, California's Problem. At least one of those is now cemented. "[Yo] Gotti has officially joined the Gang," the emcee/mogul told VladTV in a new interview.
Gotti, a former TVT Records and RCA/Polo Grounds Records artists respectively, is the latest expansion of the Grand Hustle Records-backed crew which features B.o.B., Iggy Azalea, Trae Tha Truth, Travi$ Scott and many others. In the video, T.I. appeared with Trae.
It is unclear at this time if Gotti has signed to Grand Hustle. The Atlanta, Georgia-based label has been a pivotal home to Rap veterans including Killer Mike, 8Ball & MJG, B.G., and Trae. However, not all of those mentioned were distributed by Atlantic Records, as was the case with 'Ball & G, and Mike's three previous projects. Earlier this year, Gotti exclusively told HipHopDX about his new CMG label, backed by Epic Records.
Iggy Azalea appeared on the crew's May mixtape, G.D.O.D., despite departing Grand Hustle to sign with Def Jam Records a month earlier.
In the interview with VladTV, T.I. also mentioned that he is in discussions with two Brooklyn, New York veteran: former Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records hopeful Uncle Murda, and onetime Atlantic Records label-mate Maino. T.I. also expressed his positive impressions of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rapper Hardo.
UPDATE: During the 2013 BET Awards weekend, Yo Gotti clarified reports regarding his affiliation with T.I., Hustle Gang and Grand Hustle Records.
"T.I. [is] the big homie. Salute T.I., and the Hustle Gang, but I'm signed to myself, which is CMG. We got a partnership with L.A. Reid and Epic [Records]," said Yo Gotti. Elaborating further about some headlines that alleged Gotti signed to the label, he stressed, "That whole thing is just...the vlogs just went crazy with it, put their own words on somethin' homie said; he ain't even say that."
The video interview with Baller Status is below: