T.I. is a busy man! The ATL emcee is getting ready for the release of his next album Trouble Man, while gearing up for the new season of his reality show with wife Tiny, and he just kicked off a new role on the television series Boss.
Tip's new single "Go Get It" racked up over 1.6 million YouTube views in 4 days and despite all of this, he still finds time to write his rhymes.
After last week's debate on ghostwriters - stemming from news that Nas may have used Jay Electronica and stic.man for lyrical help on his Untitled album - we decided to ask the King Of The South his opinion on ghostwriting. What he said was rather shocking. Check it out below!
GlobalGrind: There was a lot of talk about hip-hop’s dark secret of people using ghostwriters. Do you think this takes away from hip-hop, or does it even matter, as long as the verse is hot?
T.I.: I don’t know. I’ve never done it myself. I’ve never done it. I sat in rooms and I challenge myself with the verses. Bounce them off the minds of people in the room. I've had people write hooks for me and shit, but verses? I've never had anyone do that. If it works for them, then shit, keep doing it, if that’s what it takes. I’d rather have somebody who’s my favorite, collaborate with somebody else and have the best possible project they can have, than do it on their own, and it be some bullshit. As a fan of music, I think as long as the best possible project was delivered to the fans, that’s all that matters.
If they are going to try to compare themselves to the greats now, then I think you must have an asterisk by their name. If you’re considered a great, then whoever was helping you should be up there in a column with your name as well.
Do you think T.I. has a point?