Today’s Hip Hop landscape is constantly shifting and evolving beneath us as new artists find ways to innovate the sound, and bring new tastes to fans all over the world. Most notably, the city of Atlanta has been at the forefront of this new wave of “Trap Music”. Many will be the first to claim they started the trend, but truly it rests in the hands of one of the most versatile artists and performers we’ve seen.
"Since (Trap Music) was introduced to the world there were people who enforced it,” begins T.I., “they spread the genre out, and gave it wings & life beyond its origin, but if you go back to who truly started it, I must humbly say myself.”
He’s sitting back, relaxed and nonchalant, wearing a clean black tee and a couple icy chains which are delicately hanging off his neck. T.I. has been a culture-shifter since he first entered the game in the early 2000s and since then he’s flourished into a versatile act that feels as comfortable on stage as he does on screen.
Throughout the years he’s built himself a legendary status that up-and-coming artists can only dream of achieving and along the way he’s collaborated with some of the most cherished and revered figures in Hip Hop history.
"Eminem is one of the most talented, capable, intellectual, technicians of wordplay I have ever experienced,” he says, “both times we worked I had the opportunity of watching him actually put this sh*t together, and it was truly of another world. Eminem and Andre 3000 are the most meticulous artists I've ever worked with, and they're very critical of themselves."
For an artist like Tip, there’s no combination of luck and fate that’s led him here. It’s his steadfast dedication to his craft and the principles he believes in that has propelled him to massive heights. “Anybody being true to themselves, and not willing to compromise their morals, principles, or what’s best for the greater good of his people. That’s a G.”