By Maurice Garland

The title of Yo Gotti's new album, "I Am," due Nov. 19 through a new partnership between his CMG imprint and Epic Records, is meant to be a mission statement: The Memphis MC, known for releasing mixtapes and albums independently, will remain the blue-collar, street-focused rapper he's always been, major-label deal or not. Since signing in February, he's been in Epic's headquarters putting the title into action, letting the label's employees know exactly who he is.

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