T.I. Hires New Management Team, Plans Future for Grand Hustle Ent.
Since being released from prison last month after serving an 11-month sentence in federal prison, T.I. is moving forward under a new team to direct him in the right path with his music endeavors. The Atlanta rapper has signed with management company Hip Hop Since 1978 whose clients include Lil Wayne, Drake and Kanye West.
With the addition of HHS 1978, Tip has his own Grand Hustle management and Category 5, who handles his film and television affairs, in his arsenal to help him launch a major comeback in 2012. "It's an unconventional arrangement as far as management," he explains his team of handlers. "I've got different pieces of management who have extreme levels of expertise in their areas. We feel that's the best way to have appropriate execution and to take advantage of all the opportunities that are present in the marketplace for me."
Outside of his career, T.I. will also focus developing his label Grand Hustle Entertainment. He's proud of the success his flagship artist B.o.B has accomplished so far and expects bigger things from him next year. But he's also working with his roster, which includes rapper Young Dro and the OMG Girlz. "[We're going to] reshape and remold this company from the bottom up, from an executive standpoint [to] an artist standpoint," he says of his eight-year label he co-founded with Jason Geter. "The way we've done it, we've been considerably successful, but in order to do better, we're going to have to do things differently."
Next up for T.I. is the release of his first novel 'Power & Beauty,' which arrives in bookstores on Oct. 18. Tip revealed that a sequel to the book is forthcoming, as well. Tip is also developing a his-and-hers relationship book with his wife Tameka for the hip-hop generation.
With all of these projects in the pipeline, T.I. is looking forward to putting the past behind him and embark on a promising new future. "It feels great to be home, sleeping in my bed, opening my refrigerator, being with my kids -- all those things are primary, he says. "Making music and performing and getting back into my professional life, that's all significant, but it takes a backseat to my primary appreciations."