T.I. has long been the self-proclaimed King of the South and he’s now named his Top Five Atlanta Hip Hop albums — and his picks are sure to cause a debate.
Speaking on Uproxx‘s new show Fresh Pair, the show has become a topic of conversation lately, with hosts Just Blaze and Katty Customs asking Hip Hop’s biggest stars different Top Five questions.
For T.I.’s appearance, the King rapper was tasked with listing his Top Five albums out of the ATL, and some of the ATLien heavyweights to make the list included Outkast, Goodie Mob, Young Thug, Future and 21 Savage.
Oddly enough, Tip didn’t include any of his own albums on the list, which includes the highly thought of Trap Muzik, Urban Legend, King and more.
“Outkast [Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik], Goodie Mob Soul Food, Thugger Slime Season, Future Dirty Sprite, 21 Savage, his last album. 21 Savage, the one where he got ‘A Lot’ with J. Cole on there,” T.I. said.
The 42-year-old rapper’s list includes some of the most iconic albums from the ATL, with each artist establishing themselves with the aforementioned projects.
The Game paid a visit to the Fresh Pair show earlier this month and was tasked with choosing his Top Five Los Angeles rap albums. However, the Compton native didn’t pull a T.I. and made sure to include himself on the list.
“The Chronic at number one, just because in order of appearance is important to me,” The Game said to start his list. “Everyone is motivated by things that happened before them, I have to go with Doggystyle. I feel like The Chronic was lowkey Snoop‘s first album, too.”
He continued: “After that, it would have to be The Documentary. Just because of what that album did. I did that in a time in L.A. when I was the only … the biggest rapper in L.A. And I held it down for almost 10 years alone. Whole coast, the beast that came with it, the wars with whoever I went to war with.
“At No. 4, for me, it would have to be good kid, m.A.A.d city. ‘Cause I watched Kendrick and his essence, going from literally a good kid in a mad city, how he fought through being non-affiliated and staying the course and then putting out that album. The one that should have won a Grammy.”
The Game then closed his list by mentioning Ice Cube’s 1991 second studio album: “At five, I feel inclined to say Death Certificate, just because of what that was to me.”