By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Fuse interviewed T.I. and B.o.B yesterday (March 15) at musical festival South By Southwest in Austin, Texas and asked them about a potential duet. Initially, B.o.B. played coy, saying, “I can neither confirm nor deny such allegations.” Grand Hustle boss T.I. openly confirmed the partnership saying, “I can. I heard it” and shared further, “Taylor’s extended Hustle Gang. She a part of the crew. She just ain’t got her dog tags yet, but she’s a part of the crew tho.” When asked how the unlikely pair linked up, B.o.B revealed that it was Taylor who came to Atlanta and reached out to Grand Hustle about working together.
This comes on the heels of all three performers sharing the stage together at various shows over the past year. B.o.B. joined Taylor for a rendition of “Airplanes” at her Dallas concert on October 9, 2011. The “Strange Clouds” rapper tweeted, “Had a night to remember in Dallas performing one of my biggest songs with the ever-so enchanting @taylorswift13.”
In December, T.I. joined Taylor during the Atlanta stop on her Speak Now tour after Swift reached out to him via phone in September. T.I. told MTV News then of the opportunity, “I was pleasantly surprised and confused. I was confused because I know it’s a phenomenal opportunity, but being T.I. — the Rubberband Man — and Taylor Swift being America’s Sweetheart, I had just gotten out of prison like two days [earlier] and all of a sudden my phone rings.”