T.I.G. Records CEO Girvan 'Fly' Henry on His Label's 'Rebirth' & the Power of Giving Back

T.I.G. Records CEO Girvan 'Fly' Henry on His Label's 'Rebirth' & the Power of Giving Back


Girvan "Fly" Henry is admittedly popping out of his shell. The head of Atlanta’s Think It’s a Game imprint could be discovered speaking much more, laughing a bit of extra heartily and sharing his experiences far more usually than he did initially of TIG six years in the past. On this Sunday night although, he’s silently carrying one finish of a sofa out of a house on Atlanta’s east aspect. Henry units the couch down within the storage, pulls a crumpled tissue from his Trust In Giving hoodie and dabs at a bead of sweat simply over his forehead. Later within the night, he quips, with a smile, “This appears a lil’ totally different than it does on social media, don’t it?”

Over the previous few weeks, the label head has been talking up everywhere in the metropolis — on radio exhibits and so forth — on behalf of his Trust In Giving basis and its 31 Days of Giving marketing campaign. Henry says he selected finishing up the 31 Days in lieu of shopping for himself one other watch or financing one more night time at Magic City for his birthday on Oct. 18. Not to say, the label is within the technique of what Henry says is a rebirth. It’s an applicable labeling, with a lot occurring. The label’s lead artist, YFN Lucci, has been out of city each weekend for the reason that March 2018 launch of his debut LP Ray Ray From Summerhill. He says that he doesn’t really feel any actual stress because the rapper on the helm, main the cost. “It’s like basketball,” Lucci compares. “Whether it’s Chris Paul or Carmelo… It’s like, I’m Lucci. That’s Q Money. It’s everyone. And everyone’s their very own star.”

Fly has invested in a number of in-house producers to help with the creation of TIG’s compilation challenge, set to drop in a number of months. Even Rich Homie Quan — previously signed to TIG — popped up for the help on the challenge’s lead single “Live That Life.” Some might bear in mind, the Rich in Spirit creator settled a authorized dispute with the imprint again in 2016 over unpaid royalties, however clearly there’s no love misplaced between the boys. “I wouldn’t say that we had been disconnected,” he says of his relationship with Henry. “It’s simply that our communication acquired so much higher. Ain’t no level in holding grudges towards somebody who helped me.”

Henry agrees, not lacking a beat, “It was a cut-off date the place the communication was off, all the pieces actually fell off as a complete. Me and Quan had a dialog [before the song] and it wasn’t a difficulty. So I despatched the tune to him and he knocked it out.”

Even extra attention-grabbing is the truth that Quan and Lucci got here collectively for the monitor. Years in the past, the 2 would by no means even have thought-about becoming a member of forces.“Quan and Lucci prior to now, didn’t all the time see eye to eye,” Henry begins slowly. “They had their points and you understand actually, if they might’ve simply… We can be a lot additional alongside in the event that they’ve would’ve simply…”

“Like, if I knew then what I do know now,” he continues. “Things would’ve and will’ve been completed in a different way. But it’s all a part of God’s plan. But the fact of it’s: if they might’ve been on one accord and simply understood that it’s in regards to the workforce…”

“Part of the problem is that artists that change into stars get a bit of…,” Henry paused, on the lookout for the suitable time period, “Selfish in a way? They need the sunshine on them and quite a lot of instances, they don’t wanna share that gentle however what you don’t understand or perceive is that the sunshine shines brighter when there are a number of artists to shine the sunshine on. It doesn’t dim yours, it simply makes your gentle that a lot brighter.”

Maybe issues are totally different from the surface wanting in although as a result of Lucci says that he’s believed in particular person artists deserving their very own shine from the very begin. When requested about whether or not or not coming to this conclusion was his greatest lesson realized since 2014, the rapper says: “I all the time kinda checked out issues like everybody’s their very own star although, so I don’t know…”

The concept of “communication” — and its internal workings — got here up so much in Sunday afternoon’s dialog on the TIG places of work simply exterior of midtown Atlanta. How does anybody previously rooted in avenue tradition, figuring out higher than to speak “an excessive amount of” or be on digital camera unnecessarily; how does this particular person handle to start out a label and primarily open up, for the sake of his artists and their artistry?  “Yeah, all of ‘em want further assist in that method,” Henry provides. “They’re artists so it’s like, all of them want fixed consideration and assurance to be able to talk issues successfully to them.” There’s that phrase once more.

“It’s positively a steadiness as a result of all the pieces is a relationship,” he continues. “You should bend in some locations, it’s a must to have an understanding as a result of this can be a enterprise round individuals and it’s so much a lot than simply straight to the purpose, ‘This is what it’s.’ You should be understanding based mostly on the circumstances.”

“He does talk much more now,” Lucci agrees. “It makes the shit go so much smoother as a result of everybody’s on the identical web page.”

The rollout for TIG’s rebirth is ready however Fly is being cautious together with his phrases. “I don’t wanna say an excessive amount of however I’ll say, the music is phenomenal. Great high quality music.” In addition to YFN Lucci, the compilation challenge will spotlight work from Q Money, Posa, DeDaTruff and DA Wrapper. But as we speak, the main focus is on a 29-year-old single mom of 5 ladies, all aged 10 and youthful.

Jasmine Crowe, of Black Celebrity Giving, was introduced on to help with the administration of every of the 31 days. One day, Fly took a bunch of seniors grocery procuring [“I just couldn’t believe they only got $12 a month in food stamps. What can anyone do with that?”]. Another day, he hosted a child bathe for 20 moms. On his birthday, Fly launched the Trust In Giving Teen Entrepreneur Center at an Atlanta YMCA. These aren’t any small gestures.

“Fly advised me that he grew up in a single guardian family together with his little sister, and so they went by way of so much,” Crowe shares. “He’s so blessed to see his 36th birthday that he needed to present again and this was, to me, a possibility to alter somebody’s life unexpectedly.”

At the workplace earlier, Henry excitedly defined the marketing campaign, then, in the midst of extending an invite for Streets Talkin to tag alongside on this explicit day [“I’m telling you… I wish you could come see what we’re doing. It’ll make you feel something…”], his telephone vibrated and he beamed. “Like, take a look at this…” He slid the telephone throughout the glass desk. It’s a message from his woman and the mom of his youngest daughter, Story (Henry has three ladies), social media darling/hair care entrepreneur, recognized on-line as Ming Lee. The textual content learn merely: “Get prepared to alter six lives as we speak. ❤️”

That Sunday’s candidate had requested for some assist with the water invoice and a few groceries for the family. The lady is divorced, her ex-husband doesn’t assist with the children or the rest and her trainer’s wage is stretched past measure. She just lately spent her final $20 to purchase the children a pair new pairs of underwear every. She’s presently late on a number of payments and the fridge of their rental house is naked. She washes the household’s garments within the bathtub. The scorching water has been turned off so she wakes up along with her oldest a number of days per week to boil the water, soak, hand wash and line dry the garments. There additionally isn’t a lot in the best way of furnishings. Henry has a plan for all of it although.

Henry walked in, stood to the aspect of the lounge quietly and listened to the younger mom clarify her day-to-day schedule, quite a lot of which included the manipulation of cash. “See?,” he stated later, “I bear in mind my mama crying like this on a regular basis. And it could break me down. Every time.”

“Fly been giving nevertheless it hasn’t been broadcast or put within the gentle,” Quan famous throughout our discuss yesterday. “TIG at first was Trust In God, so it’s all the time been part of the model to present again.” In truth, Henry begins each morning with prayer, train and studying. “Even after I was within the streets,” he reveals, “Every Wednesday and Sunday, you would discover me in church for bible examine and Sunday morning service.”

The workforce advised the younger lady that they might be going for groceries, however the day was stuffed with surprises. The first cease was at a neighborhood sneaker retailer to get the entire household outfitted with a number of new pairs of footwear. Then it was off to Target for undergarments, garments and some different treats — to incorporate a brand new tv. After that, they might be stopping on the grocery store. During the household’s time away, half of the Trust In Giving workforce stayed and gave the house a deep cleansing. Each room obtained a recent coat of paint. Brand new furnishings had been en route and on the final minute Crowe and Henry had been in a position to organize for the household to obtain a washer and dryer. All of the outdated, tattered furnishings was taken exterior for a junk removing firm to swing by and decide up.

Everything was set for the large reveal.

The household walked in and instantly there have been tears of gratitude, delighted screams from the kids and a number of hugs for the person who had solely just lately begun talking overtly about what motivates his coronary heart. His artists — present and former — have all the time recognized what kind of particular person Fly is, however publicly, and much past music, TIG has been reborn.