Question is does T.I. have a “doper”catalog than 50 Cent?! That remains to be determined, but Tip certainly thinks so! Expeditiously!!!
During a appearance on Ebro in the Morning, Tip explained why he decided to challenge 50 cent to a Verzuz battle. Tip told Ebro and Peter Rosenberg that he believes him and 50 are “similarly stacked” when it comes to egos.
T.I. on 50:
“I just think [50 has] got an ego big enough to withstand my bravado. I don’t think he’d be intimidated by how I pop my shit … You got to get a gorilla for a gorilla. And regardless of how you see me, inside me there’s a 900 pound gorilla … We really are similarly stacked. I don’t have a diamond album (like 50), but he don’t have five classic albums.”
T.I. then went on to list what he believed were his five hit albums, which includes I’m Serious, Urban Legend, Trap Muzik, King, and Paper Trail.
Ebro on the other hand refused to back the ‘King of the South’ up saying:
“I mean, there’s three in there, for sure.”
T.I. went on to shut the radio host down, saying Ebro was biased because he was from NYC, just like 50. He also goes on to say that rappers from New York had an advantage over others because they came from a city that not only started rap culture, but was also the melting pot of commerce and media.
“New York is the birthplace of hip-hop; they have some of the most successful, most talented lyricists known to man … But even though they have those lyricists … If they were from somewhere else, they wouldn’t have had the same success,” T.I. explained. “If 50 Cent were from the Midwest, he’d be Nelly. Nelly got two diamond albums …”
After Ebro did not back down that 50’s catalog and lyrics were inferior to his, T.I. was asked what he would do if 50 rejected his rap battle challenge. Tip responded with could be seen as a compliment:
“I understand if he don’t wanna get down in the mud, ’cause he’s so accomplished now,” he said. “He’s got so many TV shows, he got so many dope TV shows, and so many prosperous television deals that he just doesn’t time to get down in the weeds and defend his catalog against the king, I understand … But as an artist, as a businessman, [50’s] extremely accomplished. But my catalog is doper than his.”
T.I. said he although he would be open to battle anyone who wants the smoke, he would prefer to take on someone who came from his era.
“I don’t want Jay-Z or Nas … they can tap into a sense of nostalgia that I can’t tap into,” he explained. “I wanna see someone who was coming up at the same time as me … They [also] have to be a ‘multimedia global mogul’ … If there’s a great white in the fish tank, where the fuck do the goldfish go?”
You can check out T.I.s full interview below where he also speaks on the politics in Atlanta, and how the city is responding to both police and gun violence:
Can T.I. handle 50’s shady battle antics?! We all know Fif can get real disrespectful and dirty!
What’s your 2 cents?!