T.I. Believes the Black Delegation Can’t Afford to Lose Kanye West
Kanye West is under serious fire for his latest tweets, comments and support of controversial public figures, and while he may have soured some relationships, he still has some faith coming from T.I. The Atlanta rap veteran sat down for a lengthy interview with Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning show, where he spoke about his recent conversation with Yeezy.
Being that Tip's discussion with the producer evolved into the new "Ye vs. The People" record, where the two go back and forth about their political views and mindsets, Ebro, Rosenberg and Laura Stylez made sure to dive into what really went down for their meeting. T.I. admits that the conversation lasted a full four hours.
"I call it the greatest debate," he explains. "Man, to be honest with you, bro, it was the end of a four hour discussion."
Ebro then brings up the "Warzone" rapper's comment about not wanting to give up on Kanye, despite all of the opposing views that he shares from T.I.'s.
"I'm not [giving up], man," he states. "We, as the black delegation, we can't afford to lose Kanye West. What you talking about, man? That's a catastrophic loss we're talking about! What are we going to get for that? Elton John? Hell nah. I'm not going for that. I've invested too much time."
He then dives into Kanye's mind, giving a perspective of what it's like to have a discussion with him these days. He believes that while Yeezy might have some unconventional thoughts and ideas that many believe are more harmful than anything, the hitmaker has good intentions behind his words.
"I think he's a phenomenal talent of our generation that deserves to be heard and considered, no matter how preposterous it may be," he explains. "I disagree with it emphatically, but I can't take away from...first of all, we gotta realize this is Kanye West we're talking about. It ain't even maybe 1% of the people on Earth that speak the language of Kanye West. The problem is the stuff that come in his head, when it actually come out his mouth and make its way to the air is totally different than it was in here. He kind of need a translator."
Tip even admits that he could see Kanye keeping an open mind during their conversation and felt that there were things he was open to learning as they kept talking.
"I could see the real time epiphanies as I kind of asked questions that he had not given any consideration prior to," he confesses.
Also during his interview with Hot 97, T.I. addresses Gucci Mane's recent claim that he invented trap music, which Tip has been claiming he pioneered with his Trap Muzik album from 2003. While he doesn't have beef with Guwop for his claim, he does make sure that listeners know that he invented the phrase "trap music," as it was not used before him.
"The words trap and music have never been put together to form a phrase before I did it in 2003," he says. "So with that bit of information, you go on and say what you want to say. I'm not gonna look stupid out here trying to prove a fact as simple as that. Before 2003, the term trap music didn't exist. The term trap existed, but trap and music put together as a phrase was never done before. Whatever happened after that is under that, whether you like it or not. Period."
Along with speaking on Yeezy and trap music, Tip also talks about gun laws and what America should work towards when it comes towards gun control and shooting incidents.
Watch T.I.'s full interview with Hot 97 below to hear him talk about meeting with Kanye West and much more.
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