T.I. wants his flowers when it comes to the best rappers — and believes he’s at the top of the list. The Atlanta rapper took to his Instagram Stories on Sunday (January 16) to assert his name at the Hip Hop summit, despite music not being his primary source of income.
“Muthafuckas can’t fuck with me in no way, shape, form or fashion when it comes to doing no music, man,” he began. “I got a lot of other shit going on so I don’t do music on no consistent basis. I don’t depend on that shit to feed me, you hear me? But when you’re talking ’bout doing music, when you’re talking ’bout cutting records, you talking ’bout putting shit out, talking ’bout making shit that’s better than anything out there, man, ain’t nobody fucking with me. Nobody fucking with me, bruh.
“Now, you might like somebody else better. It might be somebody else, you know, ‘I like this better than I like T.I.’ Okay fine, ’cause you like them better. That’s cool, that’s your preference. But n-gga, when it comes to putting shit out, ain’t nobody fucking with me, man.”
“Jay-Z, Nas, Pusha, Ye, Wayne… when it comes to making music, nobody is fucking with me” -T.I pic.twitter.com/JwG7V5bOwC
— GlockTopickz (@Glock_Topickz) January 16, 2022
T.I. went on to claim nobody has out-rapped him on a song and that people don’t want to collaborate with him because of it.
“I just feel like sometimes muthafuckas get shit twisted and tangled – don’t do that,” he said. “I ain’t that, n-gga. I don’t give a fuck about your personal opinion, about how you feel about me, about what you think. When it comes to getting behind that muthafucking mic, n-gga, putting some shit to music, ain’t nobody fucking with me, n-gga. None of ’em. None of ’em.”
He added, “To the point where they don’t even wanna be on the same record with me, n-gga, because they know they can’t fuck with me. You ain’t never heard of me on no record with nobody and they dusted me, n-gga. You ain’t never heard that, n-gga. Ain’t never happened, n-gga.”
T.I. then name-dropped JAY-Z,Kanye West,Lil Wayne,Nas and Pusha T as those in the conversation, but made sure to assure his dominance.
“Jay and Nas, you need to bring them, bring them, n-gga,” he said. “They who you need. Jay, Nas, Wayne, Ye… n-gga, they who you need. Bring them. Pusha T. Yeah, all them. They who you need. Keep trying to goddamn throw my name in the circle, in the mix… ain’t nobody fucking me, n-gga. Keep playing, n-gga, I’ma keep dropping shit, I’ma keep showing you, n-gga.”
He continued, “I ain’t even gotta put this shit out for real, n-gga. I’ma just show you, n-gga. I record that shit, I own my own studio, I rap when I want to, I go and make music when I feel like it. Put that shit out just for you to hear it, just to know, ‘Damn, this n-gga still raw.’ Yes, ain’t nobody fucking with me.”
T.I. challenged 50 Cent to a Verzuz battle in September 2021, but 50 told him to “respectfully stay away” from him. In June 2021, T.I. announced his next album Kill the King would be his final album.