T.I. Doubles Down on Claim He Created Trap Music: ‘Facts Are Facts’
A few months ago, the self-proclaimed King of the South said he created trap music. Now, T.I. is once again doubling down on the claim.
During a recent interview with HipHopDX, the rapper discussed trap music and tried to get the interviewer to admit that he created the sub-genre. “Wait a minute, I don’t want it to be hearsay like I’m speculating or proclaiming this personally,” he said. “I want you to tell me when did you first hear the words 'trap music' put together before Trap Muzik dropped?”
After the interviewer said he wasn't familiar with the term growing up, T.I. fired back, "It doesn't matter where you're from. Facts are facts." The rapper added, "We can go back historically and check actual references that before that album dropped, the term didn't exist."
Following the exchange, T.I. went on to comment about the current status of trap music, calling it "very much alive."
He said, “But it has grown from the contributions of others who have taken it far beyond where I left it or where I could have taken it. It has expanded so much, so wide, and so broad that at this point you just have to sit back and watch and just be proud. As long as it’s people who come from that walk of life who could look to the charts and feel like there are hit records out there right now that represent them and their lifestyle, and talk about how they live every day, I feel like trap music is very much alive.”
In an April interview with Angie Martinez, the rapper made his original comments about trap, saying, "A lot of people really don't know that I created trap music." He added, "There was no such thing as trap music prior to [T.I.], it didn't exist."