In a recent rant on Hot 97, T.I. expressed his dissatisfaction with rappers who don’t give him credit as the originator of Trap Muzik. He also explained how other rappers are not as good as he is, adding that he feels disrespected by artists who believe they are better. He explained, “You can’t do what I do,” and then added that he is the reason the masses have accepted many other artists as well.
“Listen, man. I’m strongly planted,” he said. “I’m talking in cement and it’s dry – not wet cement, dry cement. I’m firmly planted, holmes. My foundation and structure has been laid with a dozen years in this thing, partna. My roots run deep. I’ve developed relationships. I’ve been building this up for a long time. You can’t do what I do, man. You can’t do what I do. When you on the mic, you don’t sound as good. I’m sorry. You do okay. You do okay. You do okay.”
“I’m tellin’ them the truth, man. I’m just being real…When you on the mic, you don’t sound as good as me. When you on TV, you don’t look as good as me. Your girl’ll tell you.”
He continued by sharing how he helped others get their feet in the door, saying rappers should thank him for opening a lane for Trap music.
“Listen, guys. With the exception of Outkast, Goodie Mob and I’ma keep it at there. With the exception of that, before I came in the game there was Lil Jon, Outkast and Goodie Mob so you had Crunk music and you had Organized Noize. There was no such thing as Trap Muzik. I created that. Yes, I did. I coined the term. It was my second album. It dropped in 2003…Now after that, there was an entire new genre of music created, an open lane for each of you to do what you do and live your lives on TV and be accepted by the masses. The masses have accepted you because I opened the door and you walked through it. Don’t forget who opened the door, cuz. You couldn’t have did what you doin’ right now without me, holmes.”
“I think they either forgot or they’re being disrespectful…You can’t have my spot because you can’t do as good as I do at half the shit I do.”
More of T.I.’s conversation can be heard on In Flex We Trust.