ATL rapper, T.I. discussed with Peter Bailey of NiteCap the current state of Atlanta Hip Hop and his efforts at bringing together the artists at the top of the city’s music scene. T.I. also briefly spoke on his relationship with Young Jezzy when asked if there would ever be a collabo between himself, Young Jezzy and Gucci Mane.
“Man, I would’ve loved to see that too man,” T.I. explained when asked about a possible collab between the Atlanta trio. “I was really working on trying to resolve all beefs in the town. I was working on trying to get everybody to sit down at the same table. Whether you like each other or not at least have a respect, a mutual respect for one another to where ya’ll can be in the same buildings and we can work on the same records…And right now it’s like everybody wanna be the man. That’s what it is, that’s really what it is in the town. Everybody wanna be the man and if they ain’t the man then they looking at who is the man and trying to figure out how to take his spot. And that is what killed the scene in New York.”
During the interview, T.I. revealed that after his release from prison, he felt it was his duty and purpose to help bring Atlanta artist together.
“When I came home that was my purpose. That was my intention,” said T.I. when asked about bringing the city of Atlanta together. “I spoke to Jeezy. I spoke to Rocko. I spoke to Chainz. I spoke to so many of the existing who’s who of Atlanta music. I spoke to em about us all having a sit-down at the same table and forming a committee.”
Sad to say, his efforts didn’t do much of anything. Due to big egos and an inability of artist to work together, T.I.’s attempts were stalled.
“Those conversations they started out pleasant and productive. Eventually I just started seeing that cats – everybody ain’t for the team mentality. Some cats they tryna get theirs and go home. You can’t make somebody something that they [aren’t]. You can’t make somebody care about everybody when they only care about themselves. You can’t train that. You can’t teach that. You can’t encourage it. It’s either in you or it’s not. And it just so happens that most of the people in the city man it’s in them to see about themselves,” the rapper added.
Currently, T.I. is getting ready for the release of his fifth studio album Trouble Man due out December 18.