Last summer, after T.I. falsely reported that Yo Gotti had signed to his Grand Hustle label, the 32-year-old Memphis rapper officially announced that he'd inked a deal with Epic Records instead. So when Fuse recently sat down with Gotti, just days away from the November 19 release of his Epic debut album, I Am, we learned a bit more about how the "Act Right" rapper decided which label to favor.
"I went and met with every label in the game out of respect, even if I knew I wasn't going to do the deal," Gotti reveals to Fuse. "If you called me, I'd still let you put your deal on the table."
Gotti said the decision wasn't purely about cash, either. "I've been making it for quite a time so I'm not going to make a decision for a check or certain amount of money I already know I can make [independently]," Gotti explains. "But the first time I met with L.A. Reid, within 20-30 minutes I knew I was gonna do the deal. I understood that he understood what I was trying to do."