T.I. Says He Passed on Signing Drake: 'The Emo Sound Wasn't Necessarily Prevalent'

T.I. recently made an appearance on Power 105.1's 'The Breakfast Club' to promote his upcoming album 'The Dime Trap.' Among the topics discussed, the Atlanta rapper says he missed out on signing Drake back in the day.

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With his tenth studio album The Dime Trap on the way this week, T.I. is currently on a press run. At his most recent stop at Power 105.1'sThe Breakfast Club, he revealed that he passed on signing one of the biggest hip-hop acts of all-time.

At about the 36-minute mark of the interview, T.I. discusses how he missed an opportunity to sign Drake to Grand Hustle back in the day due to the "deep sleep of [his] success." 

"It was Drake before the beard," said the Atlanta native. "It just hadn't caught all the way up yet. That type of music, that sound of music, the emo sound wasn't necessarily prevalent at the time. I didn't see the curve just like I never thought skinny jeans was going to happen."


As can be expected, Charlamagne took the mention of Drizzy to try and swerve the conversation to the infamous incident involving both rappers that allegedly took place at the premier of Takers back in 2010, which T.I. quickly dodged. "I have no recollection. I cannot confirm nor deny anything. Let's move on to the next question." 

Along with fumbling the Drake signing, the King of the South also discussed his younger acts Translee and Tokyo Jetz, the opening of the Trap Music Museum in Atlanta, details about his new album, and more.

The 38-year old recently dropped his latest single, the Victoria Monét-assisted "The Amazing Mr. Fuck Up," which will live on The Dime Trap. Aside from music, he has also made headlines in recent weeks for his semi-endorsement of Kanye West's controversial take to revise the 13th Amendment. 

T.I.'s  aforementioned 10th studio album will be available on Friday, Oct. 5. Peep his full interview with The Breakfast Club in the player above.

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