T.I.’s Hustle Gang collective has one of my favorite rosters in urban music right now. Their approach is fresh combing a combination of new styles with old school swagger. With the ever changing musical landscape, Grand Hustle has managed to create their own lane to avoid the pitfalls that many labels run into with their new acts. Today we offer 5 reasons as to why they currently have Rap’s best roster.
T.I. brought in Houston’s Trae The Truth to help bring in the regime of Hustle Gang and so far it has been a success. The Houston native is one of Rap’s most successful independent artists of all-time. Not only building a career for himself in Texas, but being able to maintain a fan base for himself nationwide without any radio play. Young Dro is also one of Hip-Hop’s better veteran lyricist. Dro has also been respected for his lyrical abilities and it’s impressive as he’s able to go from getting fans to feel a swag record to more detailed stories about his upbringing and Rap ascension. Let’s not forget T.I., the Superstar head of the roster who still sounds as fresh as any new artist ascending in the Rap game today.
Brandon Rossi and Dopeboy Ra have both been making names for themselves in the Rap world for years. Dopeboy Ra, formerly known as Young Capone, was once signed to Jermaine Dupri’s SoSoDef Records. There the then teenage Producer/Songwriter was pushed alongside Da Brat, Bow Wow and Dem Franchize Boyz as SoSoDef ushered in a new era. After leaving SoSoDef Records, Dopeboy Ra began making a bigger name for himself as a Producer. His biggest placements before his new deal with Hustle Gang would be “Black Man,” a record from T.I.’s “Letter To The System” project that featured himself, T.I., Quavo and Meek Mill, and “F*ck That Check Up,” a record featuring Lil Uzi Vert from Meek Mill’s “Wins and Losses” album. Brandon Rossi is a RocNation signed Producer/Songwriter who has had his single featured on BET’s “Being Mary Jane”. Rossi has also written and produced singles for musicians such as T-Pain, Yung Joc and Jacob Latimore to name a few.
The First Lady
Every kingdom needs a Queen and Tokyo Jetz is the perfect fit for the Hustle Gang dynasty. The Florida native is raw and gritty with her lyrics, but also possesses the ability to create singles that’ll make even the hardest of women feel cute. She began her ascension in the Rap world after her freestyle’s began going viral on social media and hasn’t slowed down since. Not only is she one of Rap’s best rising female Rappers, but she is also one of the hardest working Rappers as well. As she shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, the future is bright for the Jacksonville raised MC.
The names Yung Booke and London Jae may be new to most Rap fans, but the two have certain put in their share of the work. Booke is an original Hustle Gang member and singles featuring the young artist can be traced back as far as 2007. With his Unos collective behind him, Booke has his finger on the streets of Atlanta and is one of the cities favorite sons. London Jae is a Singer/Songwriter who has been making a lot of waves lately in the Hip-Hop world. He’s been featured recently on Skeme’s “Red Coupe” single and Boosie Badazz’s “God Wants Me To Ball” record from his “BooPac” album. The Singer often delivers Rap bars as well as heard on his verses from the self-titled “Bankroll Mafia” album. London is also signed to B.o.B’s No Genre label and is a frequent collaborator with the Atlanta MC.
The New Stars
Every Rap label needs sons fresh voices and sounds. Grand Hustle is no different and that’s where the next artists come in at. Translee, 5ive Mics and GFMBryyce all offer different sounds to the Hustle Gang collective. 5ive Mics and Translee are both lyrical wordsmiths, but their sound is different. 5ive Mics brings a sound comparable to the streets of New York, while Translee delivers verses from a more southern lyrical style. GFMBryyce also dabbles in the New York sound, but it’s his southern swag lyrics that help him stand out. Magic happens when Translee and GFMBryyce combine on records as can be heard on Translee’s recent “HD Bling” single and “Roll The Dice,” a single from Hustle Gang’s “We Want Smoke” album.
Hustle Gang maybe be the most underrated team in Rap right now, but it won’t last for long. The talent of the roster is too extraordinary for it to be ignored and fans are being to latch on to the collective more and more each day. Their differences is what makes all of their artists unique and also the reason why it’s Hustle Gang over everything.