21 SAVAGE REMEMBERS ASKING T.I. FOR $1 MILLION DEAL

21 SAVAGE REMEMBERS T.I. TURNING DOWN HIS $1 MILLION RECORD DEAL OFFER

21 SAVAGE REMEMBERS ASKING T.I. FOR $1 MILLION DEAL
21 SAVAGE REMEMBERS ASKING T.I. FOR $1 MILLION DEAL

In a recent episode of the ExpediTIously Podcast T.I. and 21 Savage spoke about the latter’s rise and a record deal that never happened. 

When 21 Savage first came into the music industry and was trying to showcase his talents, he approached T.I. for a $1 million record deal. 

But T.I. rejected the deal; he felt 21 Savage would be much better off if he remained independent. 

“I had the same conversation with (Young) Thug,” T.I. said.. “If I give you a $1 million, I’m going to take 10 times as much because that’s just the way the game goes.

If you want to maintain ownership of your art and equity in your art, you need to go through those tough times in the beginning.”

It’s been four years since 21 Savage had his breakout moment, thanks to his mixtape Savage Mode, with Metro Boomin. Since then the Atlanta rapper has only gotten bigger: He’s had a Grammy win and a pair of No. 1 albums, his most recent being Savage Mode II.

During a recent sit down with T.I. on the Atlanta legend’s ExpediTIously podcast, 21 Savage spent some time reflecting on his career and spoke about an early interaction he had with his host before he took off.

During the podcast, 21 Savage revealed that he asked for a $1 million record deal from T.I. before his mainstream breakout.

T.I. turned him down, but he explained he did it in his best interest. “I had the same conversation with Thug,” T.I. said. “If I give you a $1 million, I’m going to take 10 times as much because that’s just the way the game goes.

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If you want to maintain ownership of your art and equity in your art, you need to go through those tough times in the beginning.”

He added, “Can’t accept upfront money and cushion your blow. You have to go ahead and get it out the mud the same way you do anything else.”

Besides, it all worked out in the end. In 2017, Savage signed a deal with Epic Records where he was able to leverage 100% control of his masters.

21 Savage is well-documented for the strategy employed in his growth to date. For most of the inception of his career, the Atlanta rapper remained unsigned, growing to immeasurable heights without the backing of a major label.

Even when he did decide to sign with Epic Records, beginning with his ISSA debut of 2017, the Slaughter Gang honcho leveraged his success in a deal that allows him to retain ownership over his masters

While the ownership of masters is a long-standing conversation in Hip-Hop that is only just now being considered as a standard, Savage’s move was well ahead of its time among his class of contemporaries, but it almost ran away from him early on.

In a recent visit to T.I.’s ExpediTIously podcast, 21 revealed that he once asked T.I. for a $1 million deal to sign to his Grand Hustle imprint. According to T.I., however, he turned down the then-upstart’s offer, citing his foresight to see that an independent route would be better suited for 21 Savage.

“I had the same conversation with Thug,” T.I. revealed. “If I give you a $1 million, I’m going to take 10 times as much because that’s just the way the game goes.

If you want to maintain ownership of your art and equity in your art, you need to go through those tough times in the beginning.

Can’t accept upfront money and cushion your blow. You have to go ahead and get it out the mud the same way you do anything else.”

It quite obviously paid off for 21. In contrast, as T.I. reveals, Young Thug’s similar request did not appear chart toward a similar path as the YSL leader ultimately inked an early deal with both Gucci Mane’s 1017 imprint and a 360 with Atlantic Records in a confusing warp of paperwork that has shadowed the multi-faceted artist’s success on the backend ever since.

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