T.I. says he invented Trap music. Now, an ATL rap pioneer is checking those claims.
It’s a grandiose claim that may be coming back to haunt T.I. Earlier this month, the ATL rapper boldly stated that he invented Trap music back in 2003. Here’s what he told Angie Martinez in a broadcast radio interview.
“We want to make sure that we give everybody the best T.I.P. album that we can give them,” the rapper started. “I’m going for Trap music on this. Because a lot of people don’t really, really know that I created trap music.
“There was no such thing as Trap music prior to [T.I.]. No such thing. It didn’t exist.”
“It was OutKast and crunk, like that’s what it was. Organized Noize and crunk.”
But is T.I. giving credit where credit is due? Enter Nino of the Ghetto Mafia, a group that rose to fame long before T.I. “I didn’t feel slighted about it because I think it is an ego thing with T.I. when it comes to that because we really know it is not true,” Nino recently stated on the Murder Master Music Show.
“If he is trying to say he is the one who made it most famous maybe he has a point. If he is saying he made it credible that is up to the fans to decide. But if he is trying to say he is the first one who put it out there that is a no, no! Everybody know that!”
“Everybody know Ghetto Mafia, Hard Boyz and a whole bunch of groups started talkin’ about Trap way before T.I.”