After investing time and effort into making Doe B a Hustle Gang standout prior to his passing last December, rap star T.I. spoke to SOHH about the late rapper’s impact on their team.
According to the “King of the South,” Doe’s death shook up the entire Hustle Gang.
“For real man, that put us on ice,” Tip told SOHH writer Nikita Rathod. “We had to step back to re-evaluate. I mean don’t get me wrong we still have extremely heavy hitters with Trae Da Truth, Travis Scott, Iggy Azalea, people like myself, Shad Da God, we still have a plethora of talents but that hit us.” (SOHH)
Tip also provided some insight on how Doe interacted with the star-studded crew.
“The thing about Doe is, he developed his own relationship everybody individually. It wasn’t just like, Doe was a part of what we are a part of, so we’re all just gonna be cool. There were times when he would come to town and he would call me and he came with his partners and whoever I was with and we’d kick it and watch the game. He was a huge sports fan. I’m a Heat fan, he a Lakers fan. We’d always talk about sports, so that was the bond and the connection. Him and B.o.B. had a different relationship, he and different relationship with Trae Da Truth. I think that us provided to the character he had and he was willing to co-exist with anybody that was willing to co-exist with him.” (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)