T.I. says he didn’t sign artists like 21 Savage and Young Thug for $1M deals

Why T.I. Says He Declined

A musician’s ability to distinguish between business and personal relationships is imperative, and T.I. wasn’t willing to sacrifice a connection for business.

Additionally, he says he turned down the opportunity to sign two of the most promising emcees of this generation because he knew it would cost more than money.

Young Thug and 21 Savage are fellow Atlanteans who were looking to sign with the “Paper Trail” rapper’s label Grand Hustle.

As an artist at this point in my career, I find it honorable to tell new artists, like 21 Savage and [Young] Thug, that “Aye man, give me a million, Tip.” T.I. said during a recent appearance on Shannon Sharpe’s Club Shay Shay podcast, “I don’t care what you do, just give me a million, and I’ll handle the rest.”

There’s no way we’re gonna be friends from then on,” he said. “I always tell them not to worry about the money up front, because it’s gonna come.”

As a result, T.I. explained that he still admires 21 Savage and Young Thug’s work whenever he comes across them. Slime told me that, 21 told me that…every time he sees me now, he hits me and says, “Aye, it came,” said T.I. My smile spreads across my face because I know how impactful every generation has the opportunity to be even more than the last.”

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