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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."

<p><b>Meek Mill</b> broke through in a big way with his hit &quot;I'ma Boss&quot; and his adrenaline-rush verses throughout Maybach Music Group's <i>Self Made Vol. 1</i> compilation. But before he made noise as a lieutenant in <b>Rick Ross</b>' MMG army, he was signed to <b>T.I.</b>'s Grand Hustle Entertainment in 2008. In a recent interview, T.I. discussed why his label parted ways with the Philly upstart.<br> <br> &quot;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,&quot; T.I. told <a target="_blank" href="http://www.billboard.com/column/the-juice/t-i-talks-signing-meek-mill-to-grand-hustle-1005585162.story#/column/the-juice/t-i-talks-signing-meek-mill-to-grand-hustle-1005585162.story" rel="nofollow">Billboard.com</a>, referring to his two prison stints in 2010 and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bet.com/news/music/2010/11/24/titostartsentencetodaymusicnews110110.html">2011</a>. &quot;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.&quot;<br> <br> Fortunately, the split is clearly water under the bridge, as T.I. is featured on the &quot;I'ma Boss&quot; remix. Tip makes it clear that he doesn't resent Meek's success under Ross' wing. &quot;I love what he's done and I love the fact that what I felt he was able to do, people now see,&quot; he said. &quot;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.&quot;<br> <br> From one boss to another.<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><i>BET.com is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&amp;B music.</i></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

<p><i>(Photo: Kristian Dowling/PictureGroup, Brad Barket/PictureGroup)<br> </i></p>

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