T.I. and his label Grand Hustle have signed a joint record deal with Columbia. This ends the speculation on where the veteran Atlanta rapper would land after his 10-year contract with Atlantic Records ended earlier this year. Pharrell has been tapped to executive produce T.I.'s first album on his new label home, Trouble Man: He Who Wears The Crown, which will be released next year. Other producers involved include longtime collaborator DJ Toomp and Timbaland. Read the press release below.

“We’re very excited to welcome T.I. to the Columbia family. With his massive U.S. success and career history, we are going to make him an even bigger superstar on a global level.” – Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO Columbia Records

“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. Also, a special thank you to my big bruh, Sk8board P, for always believing in me and also executive producing my upcoming project.”- T.I.

“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.”- Jason Geter, Grand Hustle

[via 2DBZ]

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