News: T.I. Confirms Taylor Swift & Grand Hustle Induction, "She's Part Of The Crew" [Video]

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 9:33AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grand Hustle rapper T.I. recently spoke on country star Taylor Swift and confirmed speculation of an upcoming collaobration with the Grammy-winner and protege emcee B.o.B.

More than just a collaborator, Tip said he considers Swift a part of the Grand Hustle family.

T.I. has confirmed that fellow Grand Hustle rapper B.o.B. and country poptress Taylor Swift have collaborated on a song together. Fuse interviewed T.I. and B.o.B yesterday (March 15) at musical festival South By Southwest in Austin, Texas and asked them about a potential duet. Initially, B.o.B. played coy, saying, "I can neither confirm nor deny such allegations." Grand Hustle boss T.I. openly confirmed the partnership saying, "I can. I heard it" and shared further, "Taylor's extended Hustle Gang. She a part of the crew. She just ain't got her dog tags yet, but she's a part of the crew though." When asked how the unlikely pair linked up, B.o.B revealed that it was Taylor who came to Atlanta and reached out to Grand Hustle about working together. (RapFix)

The Swift/B.o.B. joint effort will be heard off the rapper's upcoming sophomore LP.

It's hard to underestimate the commercial possibilities of a B.o.B / Taylor Swift collaboration--considering that pretty much every time B.o.B. has brought a famous person on one of its records, it's been enormous, and even re-issue bonus tracks of Taylor's now seem to go top ten. Perhaps for such reasons, B.o.B has remained hush about confirming the existence of the collaboration on his upcoming Strange Clouds album, not wanting to over-hype the potential blockbuster. But Grand Hustle head honcho T.I. has no such qualms about getting the word out, and talked to FUSE about the upcoming collaboration in a South by Southwest interview--confirming a thing or two about Taylor's downness in the process. (Pop Dust)

Last fall, the country star received some street cred after bringing out Bobby Ray during a Texas concert.

Taylor Swift is earning her street cred one show at a time. The country sweetheart has already shared the mic with Nicki Minaj, Usher, and T.I., and last night, T. Swift brought out B.o.B during her "Speak Now" concert at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Bobby Ray surprised thousands of concertgoers when he jumped on stage to perform his hit single "Airplanes," with Taylor singing Hayley Williams' part. (Rap-Up)

A week prior, she recruited Tip to light up an Atlanta concert.

Rapper T.I. has joined country star Taylor Swift in a surprise duet at her concert in Atlanta. Toward the end of Swift's set on Sunday night, she introduced T.I. by singing the opening chorus of his hit song "Live Your Life." The packed house at Philips Arena screamed once he stepped onstage for the unannounced appearance and started to rap. The two Grammy winners stood side-by-side as he rapped and she sang a vocal part originally handled by Rihanna. The Sunday show was a makeup performance for a postponed July show. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Check out T.I.'s interview below:

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