Grammy-winning rapper T.I. recently talked about the heated tensions in Atlanta and why he has more interest in uniting local rap stars instead of clashing with them.
Specifically, Tip narrowed in on never getting an opportunity to link up with Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy on the same track.
“I was really working on trying to resolve all beefs in the town. I was working on trying to get everybody to sit down at the same table. Whether you like each other or not at least have a respect, a mutual respect for one another to where ya’ll can be in the same buildings and we can work on the same records,” Tip said in an interview. “And right now it’s like everybody wanna be the man. That’s what it is, that’s really what it is in the town. Everybody wanna be the man and if they ain’t the man then they looking at who is the man and trying to figure out how to take his spot. And that is what killed the scene in New York.” (“Nite Cap W/ Peter Bailey”)
After getting publicly dissed by Gucci a couple months ago, Tip refused to entertain the discussion.
“I got my mind set on a big sack with a lot of money in it,” T.I. said. “Anything not of that understanding and of that nature, I don’t really see it. So I don’t really know what you’re asking me about it. [He’s got a situation with him and Jeezy?] And I think you just ended it right there. You said it all. You know what I’m saying, I don’t know. A lot of times things happen in life and we never know why. The focus is what counts, man. I’m focused on that sack, champ. I’m focused on that sack. I’m trying to get myself right up there where Jay[-Z] and them are at.” (Hot 107.9)
In October, Atlanta’s Yung Joc spoke on Gucci’s publicized issues with fellow Georgia hip-hop artists.
“He went at Jeezy’s neck, he went at Tip’s neck, me personally, I ain’t, you know, I’ma keep it one thousand, all the way. Where I come from, when I see Atlanta, we ain’t come up on that. No disrespect — that’s how New York kinda got caught up in the mix that allowed us to take over because they were so busy beefing with each other. That ain’t what my city’s about. Anybody know Joc knows I’m a cool guy. It ain’t too many people who can say they’re beefing with me or beef with me.” (“The Loud Pack”)
Recently, New York rapper French Montana said hometown star 50 Cent‘s frequent rap beefs ultimately hurt his career.
“You should avoid beef if you trying to make money. People get scared when you try to beef with people. In general, [even in street shit] nobody want to stand next to you if somebody about to shoot you, unless you have a a big lick [Ed. Note–A “lick” means a hustle.] They [used to] do that with 50 because 50 was the bank. They knew he was going to win. People ain’t doing that [anymore] … [The rap game’s not built like that anymore]. No, it’s over for that. It’s gone, big time. They’ll get you out so fast.” (Complex)
Check out T.I.’s interview: