Exclusive: T.I. Promises It's Doe Or Die: "We Literally Have Hundreds Of Songs"
Friday, Apr 11, 2014 2:30PM
With the recently released posthumous Definition of a Trapper 3 still buzzing, SOHH reached out to Hustle Gang leader T.I. to find out if fans can expect more music from his late protégé Doe B.
Without hesitation, the "King of the South" said Doe left a seemingly endless amount of music for the masses.
"Oh absolutely. We literally have hundreds of songs and this is not with the material that'll be prepared right now for the album," Tip told SOHH's Nikita Rathod when asked if more music is to come. "The thing is right now, the way we artists stay alive is with music, our music submitted and accepted by the public. Now if we were to try and do it one song at a time it would take us a lot longer to solidify his legacy. Because right now, kids are extremely critical and they're very smart about music and listening to music that they give authenticity to." (SOHH)
Tip also explained the strategic approach to putting out Doe's music and why Hustle Gang would not force a studio album onto store shelves.
"Before a kid is to say "this is dope" he needs to have heard several records from this particular artis. We got to give them a body of work, the body of work has to presented, marketed and platformed properly. From the success of that you then leverage yourself to a position where you can drop a single and introduce an album." (SOHH)
Tip and Grand Hustle released Doe's Definition of a Trapper 3 mixtape earlier this month.
Doe B releases his first posthumous release called Definition Of A Trapper 3. The late Grand Hustle signee rocks the mixtape with Trae Tha Truth, Young Dro, Boston George and more. Production comes by favorites M16, 808 Mafia, K.E. On The Track, among others. (Bandmine)
Despite his sudden death, Tip said records like their "Why" collaboration and more would continue to surface in January.
"Doe actually gave me that record. We initially did it. I was holding it for my album. Just the subject matter and just how it felt listening to it after he had passed I felt that it was more appropriate for him for right now," T.I. said, referring to their "Why" record. "It seemed like he was speaking to us about his situation. I really haven't heard anything as eerie as that since Machiavelli. You know what I'm saying? So, I felt that it was more than appropriate. And I refuse to let his dream die. I refuse to let his efficacy and his energy go to waste. We'll continue to march and move forward in productivity in his honor." (V-103)