T.I. Explains Why Meek Mill Left Grand Hustle

"I never been one to hold anyone back or to slow down the success of anybody."

Posted: 12/01/2011 02:55 PM EST

Meek Mill broke through in a big way with his hit "I'ma Boss" and his adrenaline-rush verses throughout Maybach Music Group's Self Made Vol. 1 compilation. But before he made noise as a lieutenant in Rick Ross' MMG army, he was signed to T.I.'s Grand Hustle Entertainment in 2008. In a recent interview, T.I. discussed why his label parted ways with the Philly upstart.

"After my two hiatuses, I was put in a position where I couldn't really make moves on Meek as quick as he may have wanted to," T.I. told Billboard.com, referring to his two prison stints in 2010 and 2011. "I never been one to hold anyone back or to slow down the success of anybody. I'm the first to try to enhance what you have, and if I can't make it better then I shouldn't be a part of it."

Fortunately, the split is clearly water under the bridge, as T.I. is featured on the "I'ma Boss" remix. Tip makes it clear that he doesn't resent Meek's success under Ross' wing. "I love what he's done and I love the fact that what I felt he was able to do, people now see," he said. "The potential that I saw in him and the things that I thought he was capable of doing, it's been proven to be true. I love to see young Black people making money, man, 'cause the more of us that's making money, the more of us can provide help to those that aren't."

From one boss to another.


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