After closing out his contact with Atlantic early this year, T.I. is no longer a free agent. Columbia Records has announced they have partnered with T.I. and his Grand Hustle imprint.

As part of the deal, Columbia plans to release his forthcoming set, Trouble Man: He Who Wears The Crown early next year, which Pharrell will be overseeing.

“I’m honored to be partners with such a successful, passionate and creative conglomerate like Columbia Records, who respects and supports the vision of their artist and partners. Nothing but love, respect & appreciation for Doug Morris, Rob Stringer and the entire staff. Also, a special thank you to my big bruh, Sk8board P, for always believing in me and also executive producing my upcoming project.” – T.I.

“We’re very excited to welcome T.I. to the Columbia family. With his massive US success and career history, we are going to make him an even bigger superstar on a global level.” – Rob Stringer (Chairman/CEO Columbia Records”

“We’re excited to be in business with Columbia Records and it’s team of leadership. I’m now looking forward to spreading our music on a global level.” – Jason Geter, Grand Hustle