Yung LA, T.I.’s recording artist who’s song “Ain’t I” has become southern anthem, has become the newest member of the Interscope roster, as Grand Hustle teams up with the label to release the rapper’s debut album, Futuristic Leland.
According to the label, the album will feature T.I. and the rest of the Grand Hustle roster with production from today’s top hit makers.
“Each song will be different, I may be swag rapping, but I’ma hit you with bars too,” promises the 22-year old burgeoning rapper, born Leland Austin. “It’s a new way of hip-hop and a new way to express it. There’s nothing I can say that the next man hasn’t said, it’s just the way I say mine and the way I paint the same picture with different colors.”
After working in the shadows of producer/rapper tandem, Zaytoven and Gucci Mane, LA caught the ear of Grand Hustle recording artist Young Dro in 2006. That first impression with Dro and the rest of the Grand Hustle team led to Yung LA signing with the label in 2007.
After the original version of his single, “Ain’t I” featuring Big Kuntry King, started sizzling regionally at radio, a remix was formed, with Yung LA’s new labelmates, Young Dro and T.I. A video for the song was shot in Atlanta and currently airing on MTV Jams.
“It’s what we do in Atlanta, but I’m putting the hip-hop in it,” says LA about his debut offering. “The beats are going to be futuristic and each song will be different.”
Futuristic Leland is due in early 2009.