News: T.I. Stands By His Grand Hustle Crew, "I'm Not Gonna Interfere W/ An Artist's Vision"

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 12:55PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grand Hustle owner T.I. recently spoke on his label head position and how he, as an executive-rapper, views artist development in an environment of sagging record sales.

Tip dished out his president-to-artist methods.

"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink," he said in an interview. "I can tell you all day what it took for me to get here and how I did things, but if you have another vision for yourself, then I can't interfere with that. I'm not gonna interfere with an artist's vision. I'mma let 'em do his thing for as long as I can afford to let 'em do his thing. Now when him doing his thing begin to hurt me doing my thing, then I'm gonna step in." (ATL Hustlers)

The "King of the South" is known for his diverse Grand Hustle artist roster.

Grand Hustle currently consists of Young Dro, Yung LA, Big Kuntry King, Alfamega, Killa Mike, 8 Ball & MJG, Mac Boney, JR Get Money, DJ Drama, B.o.B. and more. (Grand Hustle)

The Grand Hustle roster has yet to produce any successes to rival T.I.'s as evidenced with the dual Grand Hustle releases in 2008.

The numbers don't lie when it comes to the self-proclaimed "King of the South" as his new album Paper Trail easily controls the top position on this week's charts. According to the Nielsen SoundScan, Tip's third consecutive No. 1 album moved 568,400 units after just seven days in stores...Lastly, while T.I. grabbed the top spot, his crew member Big Kuntry King landed at No. 95, with his first week debut album sales of 6,100 for My Turn To Eat. (SOHH)
His success within hip-hop has led to local and national recognition.
With an eye on excellence and perseverance, T.I., Ludacris, Usher, and more have been nominated for the 17th Annual Trumpet Awards in Georgia. The yearly Atlanta showcase honors the achievements of African-Americans who have displayed excellence and fortitude in their respective fields and have achieved despite immense odds. (SOHH)

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