T.I. would like to remind fans of trap music to put a little respect on his name. After all, as he suggests, if it weren’t for his contributions to the genre, the landscape of popular music today would look significantly different. During a recent sit down with Angie Martinez, the Atlanta rap legend talked about how, despite it not being a well-known fact, he played an integral role to the formation of the genre of trap music we know and love today.
Sitting down with Angie on Monday (April 10), Tip made some bold statements, claiming to be the creator of the infectious genre.
“A lot of people they don’t really […] know that I created trap music,” he told the Voice of New York. “There was no such thing as trap prior to… no such thing, it didn’t exist.”
He said he started the genre when he put out his second album Trap Muzik in 2003. Before Outkast, crunk music and Organized Noized dominated Atlanta hip hop, he said. He labeled the new genre with the aforementioned Trap Muzik.
“Because the first album I did […] people who heard it they didn’t know where I was from. ‘Is he from Atlanta? He raps too good. Is he from New York? Where is he from.’ So, Trap Muzik was like establishing a sound, like this is who I am,” Tip said.
You can watch the entire interview below.