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.”
“Can't accept upfront money and cushion your blow,” he continued. “You have to go ahead and get it out the mud the same way you do anything else."
21 Savage appears to be well off financially, perhaps off of T.I.'s advice and molding in the earliest stages of his career. In October, he started rolling out a financial literacy course as well as $100,000 in scholarships.
In 2018, he claimed to own $100% of his master recordings.
Check out the clip of 21 Savage’s conversation with T.I. up above.