Tip has been making the media rounds to talk about the new musical union with his "Swagga Like Us' collaborator. While stopping by Hot 97, the Hustle Gang leader also addressed another headline-grabbing issue involving Gucci Mane.
"The words 'trap' and 'music' had never been put together to form a phrase before I did it in 2003. So now with that bit of information, you go on and say what you wanna say. I'ma look stupid out here trying to prove a fact that's simple as that," said the Trap Muzik emcee.
He continued, "Before August 19, 2003, the term didn't exist. The term 'trap' existed. But 'trap' and 'music,' put together as a phrase was never done before and whatever happened after that is under that whether you like it or not. Period."
As far as the ongoing situation with Kanye, Tip seems to be separating from the G.O.O.D. Music founder's suggestion on TMZ Live that Africans chose to be enslaved in America. T.I. wrote on Instagram:
So Listen ... here’s how I KNOW I’m truly blessed. I have a great family who I KNOW love me for me & would go to the end of the earth for me. I have amazing friends who I KNOW ain’t no snakes and wouldn’t just tell me yeah it’s all good just to stay on payroll. I have incredible children that idolize me & who hold me so far up in high regard & I KNOW without their unconditional love and respect Life as I know it wouldn’t be worth living. I have so much trust, positive karma & good will built up with “The People” & I KNOW I’m so abundantly blessed with affirmation of love, honor, and respect,that I feel somewhat obligated to share some of that light with My Brother Ye’...because clearly him lacking it in his life has taken a toll. But be clear & make no mistake about it... I WILL NOT EVER...FOR ANYTHING...SACRIFICE MY BLESSINGS For NOBODY!!!! Even if I lose MY LIFE!!! I’ll never compromise MY SPIRIT!!!! I learned years ago,It ain’t no opportunity in music,movies,tv, tech,fame or business that’s worth the thought of me losing ANY OF THAT!!!! And while I’m open & excited about the thought of connecting and building...
I can only HELP YOU, until it HURTS ME!!!! End of Msg.