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Hip-Hop Rumors: T.I. “Wants Out” Of The Rap Game

T.I. is not feeling the state of Hip-Hop right now, and has said in a recent interview with Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club”, that he is contemplating leaving the rap game. Check out what he said below:

“This is what everyone fails to realize. I want out. I want out, man. What the game is going to and what has evolved into from a personality standpoint, it goes against what I represent. What I embody, this game contradicts that. I want out. I’m in it because I love music and I have obligations, contractually.”


“It was at one time, this music was about speaking to the people who felt like you feel. Now, the people I’m speaking to, they don’t necessarily feel like how I feel. In my day, if you were rapping about something you weren’t really living, that was a strike against you. You were held accountable. Nowadays, nobody even expects you to live up to the things you rap about. That goes against what I represent, what I stand for. So if they outsell me, then that’s just all the more better for me to fade to the back and cross my legs on my desk.”

  • ccwaterbound32

    jammin that “we dont talk to police” geto boys

    • Negro Peligro

      LOL.

  • How he gonna be mad?  You the one who got locked up at the high point of your career, then get out and hand deliver all that mediocre music.  Basically, them young boys took your position and you not buzzing no more.  Had such high hopes after he got out the first time but I knew when he got locked up a second time his rap life was flatlining.  Good luck Tip.

  • fish salad water

     Thats real talk right there

  • Negro Peligro

    Dude I tell it to people all the time. Rappers today so wack always talking that never gone happen shit. 

  • fish salad water

     T.I. goes “In my day, if you were rapping about something you weren’t really
    living, that was a strike against you. You were held accountable.”  What homeboy is saying is that nowadays theres a lot of fakeness in the game.  The game has evolved where being a bitchass rapper is accepted.  There was such a thing where copying another rappers’ rhymes was forbidden.  Now its allllllll good.  Come correct with the rhymes.  A artist like Drake talking about that he is going to ‘body’ somebody.  C’mon… there were real niggas that rapped and bodied niggas for real.  Laid out on the pavement, dead.  All these young kids have to watch some old mafia documentaries to learnh how to be men.

    • KingsCountyCrooklyn

      nah you got it twisted, can’t no Mafia flick teach the youth about being a man and the way they ratted on each other. all the rappers that took on their names should be ashamed to call themselves gangsters.  may be the kids will have to learn from their mamas how to become young men, sad but true

  • brotha_man

    Ace Hood keeps it real….spits for the the struggle

    • The Brain

       Yea and he sold a total of 196 copies in his first week

      • brotha_man

        I bet his paper still long. and he refuses to sellout and get infected with the  disease T.I has called : “I cant look in the mirror anymore because im selling lies” This same disease almost killed Lupes career.

        I hope ur T.I so i can tell u what a sucka you are.

  • brotha_man

    in other news…..aint this the same negro that was trying to sign that white female…sounds like a hypocrite. But I agree with what he is saying.  

  • Black Exodus

    You have to wonder…what does the “Industry” do to these rappers…at the end of the day…it should be about the music…but if you lose the love of that (drugs, beefs, hype, business issues, court cases)…what does it mean. So basically he’s doing it…because if he doesn’t he get’s sued??? That has to be the worst “job” in the world. Artist need to be artist and let the work, speak for itself. Good luck soldier, get back to what made you in the first place…if that is possible.

    Black Exodus “Diamonds” check me out

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      ” You have to wonder…what does the “Industry” do to these rappers????”

      the industry uplifts new artist and makes the older artist either bow out or conform to the new agenda … altho everyone says its about the music … it takes money alot of money to create, produce, market & promote music …. and artist want to make music so the easiest way to do that with a budget is to conform to what the industry is looking for or do it on your own and prove your worth … if concious was going multi-plat trust they will thrust it to the front … with Jayz and Kanye and Eminem being the current top sellers the industry is going to constantly grab look alikes and off brands etc …  ie Rick Ross (jayz), Mack Miller, Yella Wolf, etc (eminem), Wale/Drake etc… (kanye) ….

      thats why for alot of new original artist they have to break thru with a sales history or be discovered by a shot caller in the game who will take a chance on them before they really get thier shot ….

  • TruthSerum

    T.I’s point loses credibility when you consider he signed Iggy whatever and has a guest feature on the new Rick Ross “Self Made” compilation.

    Dude is working with the same people he says make him want to retire, I dont get that, If it bothers you that much take a stand and say so, aint like your not getting TV money anyway, have some backbone and be like “Nah, I dont work with phonies” next time Ross calls you

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

       hes got obligations “contractually” lol 😉

  • H. U. S.

    Come on Tip, just be real and say you mad cause you ain’t sellin! Everybody who got TI’s 1st album know what I’m talking bout, don’t he sound like a mixture of a Down South & West Coast rapper now?

    TI’s trying to appeal to too many people, and defending that white girl ain’t help him none either!

    • thuglifefukdapolice

      u on crack his 1st album is str8 southern no west coast on that just 285

      • H. U. S.

        Not his 1st album, the TI now compared to the 1st album!

      • thuglifefukdapolice

        ti now is grown so  his albums are  more grown i like his last album it  was to me his best album in a while he even rapped on diff type beats u never heard him on b4 maybe he didnt sell but the lyrics were their tho

      • LetsBeRealpeople

        zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz so, Tits is retiring ’cause he ain’t selling and has no sound. He can’t even sell a beat.

  • Rozay has taken the wind outta all these cats.

    Deez rap dudes done lost they mind AND they mojos!

  • thuglifefukdapolice

    i feel him musik game suck hip hop dead

  • Best Comment Advanced Dialogue

    If he wanna sell, he needs to get real hot beats for every song and if he doesn’t like what the game has come to then he needs to rap about somethin’ better than “them”. It seems so easy! That goes for any artist out here. 

    I don’t even put my music on the internet or promote it but believe me, I’m sittin on Hits! My Beats are tight and I spit that intelligence for the world/street plus I make my beats and I sang mah hooks from time to time.

    I’m everything I wanted from the rap game! 

  • Best Comment Advanced Dialogue

    It’s deeper than music. People’s music reflects who they are as a person and how they think. Think about it. Who are these people that keep signing these artists who talk about meaningless stuff? That’s why people be yellin’ “Illuminati” because they realize that artists with messages aren’t gettin’ signed because the people at the top don’t want that for us and that’s how these rappers become who they are because they were fed the same negative stuff that they feed us now, they’re just successful now then it’s gonna continue on to another future rapper. 

    If you lookin’ for good music, make it yourself, the mainstream ain’t gonna give it to you because they aren’t lookin’ for artists like that, if they were, we would’ve been had a million positive artists in the industry. It should be obvious!

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  • Mark Olford

    my Itunes only plays shit from late 80s to 05….and select niggas, and TI is one of them…..you could not “bite” another mans rhyme or style….these little pussays maek lil Wayne seem more and more like a beast……I think he really sucks…..fuck it just bump old school and call it a day…..

  • I respect him for doing this. A lot more of these “rappers” should consider doing this, for the very same reasons.

  • So kudos to TI for saying this.

  • timwest1000

    After cos-gning to a vampire white girl from Australia who portrays all of the negative stereotypes of black girls-then in a business move shifts to a white dude producer and tries to capitalize on her ONLY white following, he NOW SAYS THIS! GTFOH TIP! YOU ARE WHAT MAKES THE GAME FAKE WITH THAT BRILLIANT MOVE FOR MONEY!!!!NOW she is riding A sap Rocky’s brilliant schemed up following. He will replace Tip in the near future as her token of choice. SMH

    • Weedras

      you seem to be basing your reasoning more on race than Rap….

      • timwest1000

        YOU are basing it on race, I base my opinion on the fakeness. Im focused on a white girl faking like she is black and has no history of even being around blacks (which isnt an excuse for changing your voice and accent to capitalize off of them).  There is nothing worse than when a person portrays another races negative stereotypes. It is like a black guy with a KKK hood rapping about his redneck white daughter Becky sucking dick with a white baby in his lap, get it? I mean why do we even have to question this? Why are we afraid to acknowledge how blacks are always robbed and portrayed as negative by other races? Are you white? This crap is long overdone. It killed everything else that was once great and now rap is suffering the same plague of capitalist doing anything to make a quick buck.No sellout still exists in the Underground. I said the same when Nicki Mirage was sounding British, and so did the bloody British! RACE is important when it is exploitative. She is obviously trying to sound black and admitted to stealing a girl named Mamas Gunz whole steeze, who is black.

      • kevin simms

         THE SAME THING HAPPEN TO ROCK & ROLL BLUES JAZZ AND NOW RAP

      • jazz and rock is cool and the blues 2..they just became less popular over the years 

      • LetsBeRealpeople

        And you are a placating fool. Carry on, I want to see your whole observation on Race vs. Rap. Do tell, please.

    • NoGoBoi

      I agree wit you 100% man. You sayin the game is phucked up/bogus/fake etc. but you sign someone who represents all of that bullshhh you have complaints about? I listened to the girls music and it’s trash. I listened to them young boys he signed and their music is trash. So what you really complaining about homeboi? Basically you saying you like the way a meal taste, it doesn’t need any other extra ingredients but you adding cups of salt and complaining about how salty the shhh taste. GTFOH

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  • ha funny 

  • t.i is 100% right the game nowadays is to much about swagg. HIPHOP is dead!! rappers arnt speaking the truth anymore

  • Fck tip he fell off and making excuses lame nigga

  • Tip had to kiss too much ass thats why he wants out now. After KING it was a wrap

    • BXironlunz28

       LOL…..

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  • I believe T.I. needs not to quit the rap game, but like so many of his counterparts that came before him. He might have to take a step bacc and take a look at the bigger picture. As to the main reason he invested all that time and years in to his own personal success. Rappers such as. The Ice Cube’s, the E-40’s, the Too Shorts, and the Scarface’s all got to the point in their careers of hanging it up. I am thankful non-of them did. These artists are my voice in the rap game, People listen to music simply to hear if their lives are relevant. Sort of a way not to feel alone in this big,big world. To T.I. all I can say is hang in there, you are on your way to being one of the greatest. Much love hustler!!! You got paid now all you have to do is keep getting paid.  The only way is rap about what you know and who you are. You are in my trunk keep the tracks coming.

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  • jamaicanbornanbreed

    i feel tip…..the music is all about tight jeans crying little bitches….son needs to lay back and count gwap from the white bitch…..

  • NoGoBoi

    I don’t respect 90% of these rappers, straight up. It’s only bout 2 Handfuls of rappers who kept it Solid over their whole career, Not bending over and loosing themself in the industry/world and watering down/selling out for a dollar. Nas/Common/Scarface are three dudes who have had successful and lengthy careers without selling their soul for some change. Phuck what ti talking bout and any other rapper who talkin dis shhh one sec and adding to the bullshh at the same time. Look at the acts he signing and tell me he’s not adding to the same bullshhh he crying about. Homeboi, u full of shh, what happened was, you got a hundred million cats hoggin yo lane talkin bout the same shhh over and over again and now it’s phucking up yo bread. Trap Muzik, classic album, I’ll respect what deserves respect, besides that STFU and stop crying about some shhh you contribute 2 homeboi.

    • jamaicanbornanbreed

      dnt forget jadakiss and az….they’ve had relevant careers without bowing to the jews that run the music business

  • LetsBeRealpeople

    You all can list who is labeled as fakeness, but can T.I? He on every feature like Busta, so who is he talking about? The most honorable thing he could do is not annouce retirement, but say he did some projects he didn’t believe in and he has stepped back and see things ain’t where he want it. Or he could say nothing and just bow out, raise his kids and focus on his city/community.

  • ladynamor

    T.I. needs to be more specific

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  • I totally agree!! I know he isn`t the only one feeling like this in the game!!??

  • Archie Whyte

    Even tho alot of these black rappers are sellouts they are not the reason rap sounds like this is the record labels fault they are the ones controlling what message we speak to our own people