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T.I. Talks Authenticity In Trap; Names The Real Trappers

By HHL Editors

T.I.'s always contended that he coined the term Trap music with his 2003 album Trap Muzik.

The 35 year old is going back to those rough and tumble roots with his next album The Dime Trap. In an interview with HotNewHipHop, Tip acknowledged that he isn't as close to the streets as he once was, but believes he can still be an authentic voice in the genre.

"So as far as inspiration, it kind of to me feels like an alcoholic," he explains. "If you were an alcoholic for 20 years and you quit and you stay away for 10 or 15, you still remember what it's like to be drunk."
As for others who have that authenticity, Tip named some names:
"Young Jeezy, [Young] Dolph, Yo Gotti, Doe B,” TIP says. "I think that [Doe B] don't get enough credit, I guess because his career never got a chance to take off, but he was definitely one of the coldest to come up. Young Dro ... Dro is definitely of the environment [laughs]. Meek Mill, although he’s not from Atlanta, I still see him as as, that’s where he comes from, that’s his life and lifestyle. I mean, There's a collective. There’s a few cats that you just kind of know. You can close your eyes, listen to what’s being said and know it's real."
T.I. added that while he feels like trap rappers who haven't been about that life are "hypocrites", he doesn't speak up because "I’ll be a lone voice in a crowded room. I alienate myself."

Which unnamed fake trappers do you think Tip's talking about?

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