Bun B has received his flowers from San Francisco rapper Cellski, who has credited the UGK legend with diffusing the tense situation between T.I. and Lil Flip — which almost blew up into an all-out “war.”
Cellski got into the details on a recent episode of the No Vultures podcast, the clip of which aired on Friday (August 4).
“Bun B — he pacing and shit,” he began. “[He] walked up to the truck, like, ‘Hey man. T.I. up there with hella n-ggas, and he talkin’ about taking some shots at you. I don’t think y’all should perform.’ And we all confused and shit.”
He continued: “So Flip like, ‘Man, somebody need to go see what’s going on.’ So I hop out of the truck, run up on the stage — mind you, T.I. up there with hella n-ggas — and he go, ‘Yeah, I heard Lil Flip in the building. Tell that punk-ass n-gga to come up to the stage.”
“I run back to the truck, and I’m like, ‘Man, he up there talking hella shit, bro. What you wanna do?'” Cellski continued. “I’m like, ‘Fuck that, we need to perform.’ Bun like, ‘Hell nah.’ So Bun made the decision to get up outta there. […] Daddy was being real with y’all. He was like, ‘Which one of these n-ggas is really gonna be ready to go to war with you?'”
Check out the interview below:
The T.I. and Lil Flip beef goes all the way back to 2003, when T.I. first began stating that he was “King of the South” — an appellation which Lil Flip rejected. When T.I. went to prison in 2004, the two rappers began trading bars on mixtapes.
In June 2004, T.I. performed at Atlanta’s Summer Jam festival, which he was permitted to do as part of his work release. There, the “Rubber Band Man” rapper once again took shots at Flip, who dismissed it all as nothing but nonsense.
“A lot of people have been coming at me, and I really don’t have the time to address all of them. Like they say: mo money mo problems. That’s all I gotta say, I’ma keep doin’ me regardless,” he said in a statement at the time.
But the pair continued to duke it out on wax, and it culminated with a brawl in the Cloverland district of Houston, TX, in 2005, after T.I. dissed Lil Flip in a radio interview and subsequently went to the Cloverland district (which is where Flip is from) to “expose” him as a fraud.
Ultimately, in 2013, Lil Flip and T.I. sat down with J. Prince as a mediator to squash the beef.
“What we said was at an undisclosed location and cooler heads prevailed,” Lil Flip said. “You know, at the end of the day, it was some petty shit. That’s what grown men do, sit down and figure this shit out.”
In 2014, T.I.’s wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle-Harris, mused that the beef between the two was “really deep.”
“I remember going through that like yesterday,” she said. “Tip is pretty hot-headed. And he can be over the top sometimes. But at that point Lil Flip had kinda went out of bounds. Talking about his kids. And the things that he was saying was just way out of line. Talking about killing some kids.”