With his latest (and hopefully last) jail stint behind him, T.I.’s prepping new music, and developing the careers of his Grand Hustle artists, yet even with all these projects on the horizon he’s contemplating leaving rap all together. Tip stopped by Power 105’s The Breakfast Club this morning, where he spoke on the rap game, and why it’s not the same. “This is what everyone fails to realize. I want out. I want out, man,” he said. “What the game is going to and what has evolved into from a personality standpoint, it goes against what I represent. What I embody, this game contradicts that. I want out. I’m in it because I love music and I have obligations, contractually.”
Even with acts like B.O.B., and free agent, Iggy Azeala, on his Grand Hustle roster, the father of six is no longer inspired by today’s music. “It was at one time, this music was about speaking to the people who felt like you feel. Now, the people I’m speaking to, they don’t necessarily feel like how I feel. In my day, if you were rapping about something you weren’t really living, that was a strike against you. You were held accountable. Nowadays, nobody even expects you to live up to the things you rap about. That goes against what I represent, what I stand for. So if they outsell me, then that’s just all the more better for me to fade to the back and cross my legs on my desk.”
Tip isn’t the first rapper to express discontent with the music game by threatening to retire. Last month, Nicki Minaj abruptly deleted her Twitter page and contemplated throwing in the towel. One week later she was back on the social networking site, so here’s hoping T.I. is also bluffing.
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