By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
T.I. has a new home. After being at Atlantic Records since 2003's Trap Muzik, Tip has inked a new deal with Columbia Records. According to an official press release, Pharrell Williams was not only instrumental in helping T.I. make that move, but will be executive producing his upcoming ninth studio album along with Timbaland and DJ Toomp.
“I'm honored to be partners with such a successful, passionate and creative conglomerate like Columbia Records, who respects and supports the vision of their artist and partners. Nothing but love, respect & appreciation for Doug Morris, Rob Stringer and the entire staff," T.I. said in a statement. "Also, a special thank you to my big bruh, Sk8board P, for always believing in me and also executive producing my upcoming project.”
“We're excited to be in business with Columbia Records and it's team of leadership. I'm now looking forward to spreading our music on a global level," added Jason Geter of Grand Hustle.
Tip's new album, which he's said before will be titled Trouble Man II: He Who Wears the Crown, will be released early 2014 via GrandHustle/Columbia Records. The rapper's last release was 2012's Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head.