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Looks like a record label offered T.I. the type of money he was looking for to secure his services. Columbia Records has signed the Kang, bringing the Atlanta native into the Sony Music fold. 

The good folks at 2 Dope Boyz got the scoop and report:

And now, the prerequisite written-out statements from both parties:

“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

“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 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

Tip left his longtime label home, Atlantic Records, earlier this year.

A press statement reveals that T.I. and his Grand Hustle label have entered into a “partnership” with Columbia. A number of Grand Hustle artists, including B.o.B., whose new album is due out in December, are still signed to Atlantic.

T.I.’s new album, Trouble Man: He Who Wears The Crown, is due out early 2014 and will be released on Grand Hustle/Columbia.

Photo: Grand Hustle