T.I. says his Hustle Gang and Grand Hustle clique are "one and the same," one big family. A couple of weeks ago, Tip and his consortium of artists dropped the compilation We Want Smoke. The collective also popped up at the Revolt Music Conference (RMC) for one of the biggest performances of the weekend and to appear on Drink Champs with hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN, along with Angela Yee who sat in with the fellas.
"It's vision. It's vision," the King of the South said about what makes an artist stand out and attract him to signing them. "I saw Tokyo Jets freestyling in her car on Instagram to where it created our relationship. To where I saw RaRa kickin' his flavor. He was a producer as well as a rapper. It's a lot of us because we all do so many things. If you listen to the album, it's gonna be hard to not find something you can relate to or gravitate to."
London Jae, RaRa, GFMBRYCE, Young Boo, Brandon Ross, Translee and Tokyo Jetz all accompanied Tip to RMC.
"You think this a lot, but this ain't even all of us," he clarified. "B.O.B. ain't here, Young Dro ain't here, Trae The Truth ain't here. We deep man. We have a comedy division."
T.I., who is currently part of the filming for Ant-Man and The Wasp for Marvel has his own television and film company under the Hustle family tree. The next creation spawned from that will be the comedy "The Trap."
"On the film [side], Grand Hustle Films, [we have a movie], it's called 'The Trap,'" Tip explained. "Myself, Mike Epps, Teyana Taylor, [Lil] Duval Queen Latifah, K-Dub, D.C. Young Fly. It's basically me and Mike Epps play brothers. Our family owns a chicken shack and Mike ain't doing nothing but selling weed out of it. Our mama end up in a position where we need some money and we have to figure it out. I could have done that for ten years. If that was a TV show, I could have done that for 10 years. That's the most fun I had on set ever in life."
The "Drink Champs" RMC extravaganza didn't end with Tip dropping jewels, as Nore and EFN have an expanded roster this week. Spotify curator and big wig and former Revolt TV programmer Tuma Basa, the hottest A&R in the game Orlando Wharton, comedian T.K. Kirkland, media maven Karen Civil, mic trailblazer Monie Love, legendary DJ Clark Kent, and iconic executive and REVOLT Music Conference Chairman Andre Harrell all joined in. The discussion ranged from female competition in the 80s and 90s, to Nicki Minaj VS Remy Ma today, to streaming and producing. Watch REVOLT TV tonight at 10 PM to see the biggest episode of Drink Champs to date.