Grand Hustle’s Young Dro recently spoke on the future of T.I.‘s record label with the rapper currently serving a 366-day prison sentence and which artists will fill-in the “King’s” shoes.
Known for their collaborations on records like “Shoulder Lean” and the “Ain’t I” remix, Dro said he will be one of the main Grand Hustle members to lead the pack.
“Well, it sort of goes down the line,” Dro said in an interview. “After T.I., I became successful stacking up him. Yung L.A. became successful stacking up me. It would have to trickle down. Like I gotta step up to the plate because I’m the next person that was selling albums, that went gold or whatever. It’s really not to the point where we looking forward to it happening again, but I gotta step up to the plate. I gotta maintain his record sales, I gotta send these people plays on the radio. I gotta get back on my job because it’s gonna be a year and a day. There’s so much you can do within a year and a day of your life. So many kids you can reach out to, so many TV shows, so much money in a year. And there’s a lot of ways to lose all of this in a year. You gotta keep working.” (Vibe)
Maino recently spoke on Tip’s likely well-being while locked up.
“Me and Tip talk all the time,” he said in a recent interview. “And actually, I was at his house the day before, which was Sunday, the day before he went in. He went in Monday. I was at his house, we talked briefly and we talked other times. You know, he’s a dude that’s been through struggle already. It ain’t like he ain’t never been to jail before. It’s just a hard pill to swallow when you got so much going on. He’s a strong dude and I know he’s gonna get through it. He knows what it is when he goes in there, he knows how to handle himself and the focus, goal, is to get back there to his family and to his business, music, money and do what you gotta do. In and out. He gonna be all right.” (iHipHop)
Other artists close to Tip like Bun B recently spoke with SOHH about the rapper’s prison sentence.
“Tip’s a very intelligent young man, he’s very resourceful,” Bun explained. “He has a very sharp sense of understanding life and situations involved in it. I couldn’t give him any more advice than what he probably knows already. Just to keep God first, stay focused and do his time don’t let his time do him. Prison is not a place to commiserate and make friends at. But like I say, all these things are things that I’m very sure Tip knows already. I’d just tell him to keep his head up like anybody else and make sure he got an address on me and I got one on him. So I can shoot him a kite, send him a picture or two. That sh*t go a long way I don’t think people realize. Tip’s a good dude he’s a smart dude. I’m pretty sure with God on his side, he’ll be alright. (SOHH)
“Whatever You Like” producer Jim Jonsin also talked with SOHH about the rapper’s time behind bars.
“I was trying to see if he could get an iPod in there so he could write some music while he’s in there. He doesn’t think that that’s possible. T.I. look, what I’m going to do for you is I’m going to contact every crooked cop in the system and I’m gonna find a way to get you an iPod so you can write some music,” said Jonsin. “So any of you corrections officers that want to try and get T.I. an iPod just contact Jim Jonsin and I’ll send out ten bucks and an iPod so you can buy some lunch or maybe I’ll get you a beer tab at your local bar.” (SOHH)
Tip is currently scheduled to be released from an Arkansas prison in 2010.