Killer Mike’s Talks Signing W/ T.I., Embarks On Short Tour
After news broke out about T.I. possibly signing former OutKast protégé Killer Mike, XXLmag.com caught up with the Atlanta rap giant to find out if there is any truth to the hearsay.
“Am I signing to Grand Hustle? Yup, and Grind Time Official is too,” Mike told XXL of the business arrangement which will also include his own indie label. “We got an imprint and we’re growing. The Roc had the Dips, the Roc had State Property, now Grand Hustle has Grind Time.”
Mike, who shuffled around from Sony to Big Boi’s Purple Ribbon imprint, before setting up his own Grind Time label, said he had to do some soul searching before deciding to go back on a major. But he’s optimistic that it will all work out for the best.
When asked if he’s worried about signing with Tip when the rapper was getting ready to do a one year bid in jail, Mike was more concerned with how this would affect his friend on a personal level than his own career.
“I genuinely love Tip like a brother and to now be in a situation to where we can go into business together is a blessing,” he said. “You have to prove that you deserve these blessings by working hard and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. This is another step in the development of Grind Time as a brand.”
As Mike and Tip’s people are ironing out the details on the new partnership, the ATLien is gearing up for a short tour starting tomorrow. He will be making stops in Pennsylvania, Michigan and South Carolina throughout December 19th. For a full list of dates check out his MySpace page. – Jesse Gissen with additional reporting by Anthony Roberts