Interview: T.I. Doubles Down On Trap Music Inventor Tag; Talks Hustle Gang & Politics

HipHop News Publicado en octubre 22, 2017 a 7:24

Interview: T.I. Doubles Down On Trap Music Inventor Tag; Talks Hustle Gang & Politics

#DXCLUSIVE: Trae Tha Truth, Young Dro, 5ive Mics and Yung Booke also add to the conversation.

Atlanta, GA – Southern Hip Hop has maintained its foothold on the rap industry’s neck since the dawn of the new millennium. With the exception of artists like Curren$y, Scarface, Ludacris, and The Dungeon Family, many rap fans have pigeonholed the South rappers for its booty, crunk, crunk, snap, and trap movements and the lack of depth it in lyrical content. The emergence of T.I. on his superstar-solidifying opus Trap Muzik in 2003, he’s relentlessly shelled out countless solo and collaborative classics with sophisticated, gangsta, and turn-up content with sleek, nuanced cadences as one of the greatest MCs ever.

As the King of the South, T.I. has brought his imprint Grand Hustle to the forefront of Hip Hop with an attuned scope of brand marketing and acquiring the Dirty’s best talent for 14 consecutive years. His star-studded roster has included B.o.B., Young Dro, DJ Drama, Iggy Azalea, Houston legend and newly appointed Grand Hustle vice president Trae The Truth, and Travis $cott to name a few past and current success stories. Now with the label new crop of talented lyricists such as London Jae, Translee, Yung Booke, RaRa, Brandon Rossi, 5ive Mics, Tokyo Jetz, they are looking to be rap’s top rookie camp under T.I.’s lead on the album, We Want Smoke.

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We spoke to Tip and his Hustle Gang comrades during A3C 2017 about their Lyor Cohen-esque “ask the logo” mantra to ensure quality and diversity with their Chief insignia-branded releases, why T.I. stands by his statement that he created trap music, and why Hustle Gang doesn’t look to be celebrated for their work in the community.

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