T.I. Once Passed On Signing Drake: "It Was Drake Before The Beard"

It’s been a minute, however a brand new T.I. the album is sort of upon us. Naturally, the rapper has launched into a press run, taking a while to go to The Breakfast Club. As per ordinary, Tip’s knowledge extends quite a lot of matters. Given the non-public nature of his latest single “The Amazing Mr. Fuck Up,” it is clear that Tip has reached the coveted OG standing, capable of replicate on his profession with a tangible sense of expertise. As such, Tip not feels tethered by expectations of file gross sales. “We simply need to be thought-about dope,” he explains. “The cash gon’ come. I’ve made sufficient cash to know let it make me more cash. We all on this shit for a sure stage of success, a measure of acknowledgment.”  

There’s additionally an fascinating second through which T.I. admits he really handed on signing Drake (36 minutes in), throughout what he describes as a “sleepwalking” part of his profession. When inquired about his reasoning, T.I’s response speaks volumes. “It was Drake earlier than the beard,” he replies. “Bare-faced Drake, you recognize what I am saying? It simply hadn’t caught all the way in which up but. That sort of music, that sound of music, the emo sound. It wasn’t essentially prevalent on the time. I did not see the curve.” Charlamagne proceeds to convey up a rumor of Drake getting urinated on, prompting T.I to recuse himself from the dialogue. Despite the goofy segue, it is fascinating to think about an alternate timeline through which Drake signed with Tip, somewhat than Weezy.

As per ordinary, T.I. offers an insightful perspective on quite a lot of matters, residing as much as his popularity as a “Southern Gentleman.” Peep the total interview under.