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, 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

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    Good look for Killa he been grinding for a minute and one of my niggas i like to listen too from the ATL hope the album is dope cuz that a Monster is still my fav shit of his. And i will never forget how Mike and TIP killed that never scared track thats shit is classic.




    aww nigga. damn! thought i was first. fuckin shit. well let’s see wat killa does this time around.

  • g-unit killa

    man i hope this nigga signs with em that’ll be good for hip hop…not only does he sign this nigga gets grind time imprint and 10 free passes to club crucial….do ya thang mr. myers
    you a beast

  • Enlightened

    It sounds good Killer. I hope it works. I heard what he said in the interview when asked about other artists not coming out.

    Dude, 8-Ball and MJG signed there damn near a year ago and we haven’t heard a peep. Not a single. Not a mixtape. Not a mixtape song. Nada.

    When will rappers stop signing to other rappers companies that are not labels?

    Grand Hustle does not put out music. They hand music to Atlantic Records who is owned by Warner Brothers and they are only putting out what they want to.

    If they like Killer, why not go straight to Atlantic?

    The music industry is fucked up.

  • Bryant K. Oden

    good look… Mike always been tight Independent or Major I can dig it.

    Bryant K. Oden
    A&R Consultant
    B.K.O. Management

  • Vicious Seiger

    Not to say that Grand Hustle isn’t a major label or anything but who besides T.I., P$C & Dro that has made a ripple is signed to GH. I know BG was suppose to be on board but nothing to my knowledge has materialized. Either way, it’s good to see Killer Mike get picked up and hopefully get the promotion he surely deserves.

  • A

    Whack rappers definately holdin each other down.