Yo Gotti hustles like nobody's business. In November, the Memphis, Tennessee rap veteran dropped I Am, an unapologetic street album with no compromise. Less than a year later, Gotti is ready to do it again.
On Saturday, the Cocaine Muzik Group CEO took the stage at Hot 107.9's Birthday Bash concert in Atlanta and announced that he will be releasing a new LP. After the show, he came backstage with his adrenaline still pumping and spoke to MTV News about it.
"Man I just decided on stage, I'm dropping an album this year," he said in an excited, but gruff voice. "Yo Gotti new album drops this year, fourth quarter; it's called The Art of Hustle. Just like that, no matter what we're dropping, get ready."
Gotti says not even the folks at Epic Records, where he is signed, knew about the announcement. "I'm the boss, CMG boss status. We don't need no go 'heads," he bragged.
Before he signed his major label deal, Gotti put out an impressive collection of underground and independent music starting with 2000's From da Dope Game 2 da Rap Game. Couple that with all of his Cocaine Muzik mixtapes, and it's easy to see why Gotti is proud of all that he's accomplished.
"I feel like I am the ultimate hustler. Do your research, go back seven, eight years; who you know get more money than me? Who ain't sold millions and millions of records? Who get more shows than me? Name your favorite artist," he challenged.
"I'm the ultimate hustler, so I'm finna give them the guideline," Gotti continued. "I'ma give the streets the how layout, the rules of how I done it. It's the Art of Hustle like the Art of War. If everybody could do it, everybody would have money, won't be nobody in jail. It's like a book."