Although reluctant to speak in detail about his brawl with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas and what led up to the fight, Atlanta rapper T.I. did speak briefly on the altercation during a recent interview with Hot 97.
The Hustle Gang leader informed those listening that he chose to “speak with action” during his encounter with Mayweather and once that action was complete, “conversation ceases.”
“Had that been anything that did transpire—I’m sure dude may be used to talking after his fights,” T.I. said. “I don’t talk after mines. Cause there ain’t really a whole lot to say, man. You know what I’m saying? I speak with action. After action is taken, man, conversation ceases…There was history. There was definitely history…I don’t care what you do to whoever else. I don’t care who you speak to [or] how you speak to em. [When] you dealing with me you gonna deal with me like a man. I feel like my steps are guided, man. I’m a man of God. When I step I ain’t got nobody to fear, but God himself. I don’t got no fire I can’t walk through. I done been through it all.”
T.I. later spoke on the success of Iggy Azalea, who appears on his new single “No Mediocre.” He says he expected the Aussie rapstress’ success and takes pride in being “a cultivator of talent.”
After speaking on the success of Iggy and “Fancy,” T.I. quickly addressed Forbes’ claims that “Hip Hop is run by” the Australian musican.
“To be honest with you, man. Just as a cultivator of talent and as someone who—I’ve been working hard at this level of my career,” he said. “I’ve been working hard to really just try to introduce talent to the world that can be considered significant. And to actually be the first onboard. To be the one to stay ‘This is going to happen.’ And to be, I guess, doubted by so many.
“It’s Forbes though,” the rapper added. “How much can you accredit—But at the moment it was printed was it anything going on that was of larger conversation?”
T.I. concluded his conversation with Hot 97 by speaking on longevity and his upcoming album, Paperwork, which he says will be released around September. In regards to his music career, he proclaimed that “The world has never seen anything like me.”
“Where I’m going is I’m going to release this project around September,” T.I. said. “It’s titled Paperwork. Now this is my ninth project and for one, I just wanna thank everybody who’s been in support of me and even the people who been hating because you motivated me. I wanna thank you guys, man, cause I don’t know anybody or many people around right now who on they ninth album and still relevant. It’s not many…The world has never seen anything like me. Like you’ve never seen this before…In a career of longevity there are going to be points when you are on fire. You know what I’m saying? Top of the world. Nobody can touch you. This that and the other. Then they’re going to be points where you take a hit. In those points where you take a hit will you be able to recover, bounce back, and return to the flame? The flame has returned.”
T.I.’s interview on Hot 97 can be found below (via RapRadar).