Exclusive: Young Dro On T.I.'s Free Agency Status: "That's One Of The Biggest Stars On The Planet"

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 5:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

With T.I. raising eyebrows over the summer after revealing he was shopping around for the right record deal offer, SOHH decided to ask his partner in rhymes Young Dro for a take on Tip's free agency.

While he would not dig too deep into Tip's business affairs, Dro did assure fans Grand Hustle/Hustle Gang as a team were in good hands.

"I can't really speak on [Tip's situation] right now because when it comes down to my friend, it's important to keep that stuff exclusive and off the table," Dro told SOHH when asked for a take on T.I.'s free agency status. "But I can tell you that Grand Hustle as a team has landed a deal with Epic. So we're good on that. As far as T.I. goes, for himself, that's one of the biggest stars on the planet, as far as in my eyes. We can rest assured that's going to be a great deal however it comes out." (SOHH)

Dro also talked about playing the role of mentor with the Hustle Gang newcomers.

"The chemistry with all of us is just fun," Dro added when asked about Hustle Gang. "Me and Tip have been doing this for a long time and so we're like the bigger brothers to a lot of people over here. We were brought up by good mentors and guys that looked out for us so that's what the chemistry is like, it's like how we were taught. We were taught to be gentlemen, stand-up guys, get a lot of work done and play harder [than everyone else]." (SOHH)

Back in August, Tip spoke on being a free agent and not having a major label backing him.

The Grand Hustle boss completed his obligation to the major with last year's Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head and for now, he's just enjoying the success he's having with his current single with Lil Wayne before moving on to the next one. "It's a lot of work, man, it's a lot of resources to be dedicated to it," T.I. said of being back in control of his destiny. "But at the end of the day I think it's worth it. It put me back into mind of where we were after 'I'm Serious,' where we had to put our own funds and resources into [2003's] Trap Muzik ... I think that led to a beautiful situation ... and I think right now we're just working to reach another beautiful situation." (MTV)

In May, the self-proclaimed "King of the South" said he generated so much revenue outside of music that a label had no choice but to offer him a deal worth at least $50 million.

"I am currently a free agent," Tip revealed in an interview. "Everything's coming out my pockets. Y'all do me all the favors you want to. [laughs] There's nothing wrong with a helping hand. [laughs] You know what the problem is, nobody wants to pay fair market value. I done went into all the distribution houses, the Sony's, the Universal's and the Warner's of the world and it's across the board. The consensus is pretty much unanimous, they want to be in business, they just don't want to pay to be in business. And so I'ma tell you like this -- you might be able to catch you knows who's out of you knows where but you ain't gonna be able to get no 'King' on your roster, man or anything less than eight-figures. I'm just gonna tell everybody, let that be a message to you. I can nickel and dime myself to where I'm going. ... You got the recording industry, publishing, you got touring, you got merch, you got film, you got television, you got fashion, you know what I'm saying? Technology. That's eight areas of business, right now currently, that I'm generating streams of revenue from. If you feel like you want to participate in all eight of those things, it's going to cost you about 50, 60 million [dollars]. But if you only want one or two of those things, then come to the table with 12 or 15 [million dollars], we can talk about that too." (Streetz 94.3)

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