T.I. reveals that he once had the opportunity to sign Young Thug and 21 Savage on two occasions, but chose to ignore the offer, which was reported to be worth $1 million. The rapper recently appeared on the Club Shay Shay podcast with Shannon Sharpe and talked about his reasons for rejecting the offer.
Tip says he finds it "gratuitous" to be able to savor the music of new artists when they come up to me. "You know, 21 Savage, Young Thug," he says. "I don't care what you do, just give me a million."
"I'm not going to do that," he said of the ex-NFL star. "I always tell 'em, man,' "Don't worry about the money upfront," he said.
"I remember telling Slime, I remember telling 21." Even Savage, every time he sees me now, he'll hit me and say, "Aye, it came," and that puts a smile on my face. Every generation has the opportunity to be more than the last.
Young Thug and 21 Savage would both sign deals with other labels and go on to become international sensations in their own right. Thug later signed with 300 Entertainment the same year for the 2014 hit song "About the Money."
21 Savage chose to remain independent until the release of his Savage Mode EP, a collaborative project with producer Metro Boomin, in 2016. The following year, he would sign a recording deal with Epic Records, under which he maintains his masters.
Below you can see T.I.'s interview on the Club Shay Shay podcast.