T.I. is expanding his Grand Hustle family. The King of the South has signed Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, British MC Chipmunk (now known as just Chip), and Houston’s Trae Tha Truth to his label. He introduced the newest members of the Hustle Gang during an interview with MTV News.
Iggy, who Tip calls the “Igga Monster,” explained how she linked up with the head Hustler. “Tip reached out just to meet me, to say hello, and I found a position for him conveniently where he could be used, and he was fucking with it,” said the blonde bombshell, who will drop the first single from her debut The New Classic in 2-3 weeks.
But Tip tells a slightly different story. “Her exact words were, ‘It’s very smart of you to call me because I’m going to be smashing shit for quite some time now and no one will be able to breathe if you’re not on my team.'”
Chip has already made a name for himself overseas, but connected with T.I. to help expand his presence in the U.S. “Everyone was like, you’re young, you’re 21, someone just needs to dive in at the deep end in America and just try and bridge the gap a little bit more between the cultures musically,” he said. “Tip was rocking with what I was doing, so we just linked up.”