After a few years of being off of a major label, T.I. is taking his Grand Hustle empire to Epic Records. On Friday (Sept. 7), the label announced the signing of the Atlanta rapper and released two new songs from the Us or Else artist.
Tip’s first track is the Meek Mill-assisted “Jefe.” Over blaring horn-driven production from Bangladesh, the two MCs get their flex on. “Let me welcome you, get introduced to the king/Bentleys, Ferraris, brand new and they clean/So disappointed when niggas talk shit on their records, when you see ’em, don’t do anything,” T.I. raps.
On the Scott Storch-produced “Wraith,” Tip enlists the help of Yo Gotti on a track that is reminiscent of classic T.I. “I don’t like ’em, feel that way about ’em/Lotta rappers, I don’t talk about ’em/OD niggas ain’t gon’ bust a grape, man, they just talking loud/Got body, got a problem, nigga, go to war about it,” he spits.
Along with the two new songs, T.I. also announced his long-awaited 10th studio album, Dime Trap, will be releasing later this year via Epic Records and Grand Hustle. The project will serve as Tip’s first full-length solo album since the release of Paperwork in 2014.
After leaving Columbia Records in 2014 following the release of Paperwork, T.I. signed a distribution deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation in 2016 and began releasing projects under the Grand Hustle and Roc Nation umbrella.