T.I. Joins Roc Nation, Announces Part Ownership In Tidal

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Less than six months after announcing his departure from Columbia/Sony Records, T.I. has announced his new home. The Atlanta, Georgia veteran MC has moved his business and his Hustle Gang imprint (a/k/a Grand Hustle Records) under Jay Z’s Roc Nation umbrella. There, Tip joins the likes of collaborators such as Rihanna and Timbaland.

The announcement came Monday night (February 22), during a live-streamed concert in ATL. During the show, the former Atlantic Records flagship artist announced the deal, as well as went public with his “part” ownership in streaming platform Tidal—who also sponsored the event.

Independently, T.I. released EP Da’ Nic in late 2015. It is unclear at this time whether the longtime major label artist will be distributed independently. Roc Nation has individual deals with Sony, Def Jam, Universal Records, and others. Additionally, Hustle Gang includes a number of artists—spanning several labels. At present, it is unclear what this deal means for a roster that includes B.o.B., Young Dro, Trae Tha Truth and Travi$ Scott.

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