During an interview with HotSpotAtl, T.I. says his focus is on his net worth and not the renewed beef between fellow Atlanta rappers Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy.
T.I. is no stranger to beef, having had a memorable back and forth with Lil Flip as well as briefly being referenced in the mild feud between Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks. But, as it regards fellow Atlanta emcees Young Jeezy andGucci Mane, Tip isn’t looking to choose a side or play peacemaker for the time being.
“Man, I got the money in mind,” T.I. responded, when asked about the beef in an interview with Hot 107.9 FM. “I got the sights set on a big sack with a lot of money in it, man. I’m talkin’ like multi-million dollar conglomerate type stuff. Anything that’s not of that nature and understanding, I don’t really see it. So I really don’t know what you’re asking me about.”
Earlier in the week, Gucci Mane took to Twitter stating that if his former collaborator, T.I. wanted to get involved he could. Tip had no explanation for why Gucci would call him out, but he reiterated his desire to stay focused on financial matters.
“A lot of times in life, things happen and we never know why,” T.I. added. “Guess what? The focus is what counts. I’m focused on that sack champ. I’m trying to get myself where Dre, Puff, Jay and them are at—I’m talking net worth wise.”
The full interview, which also includes T.I. explaining how he chose his latest acting roles can be seen below.
Young Jeezy says he wasn’t touched during the fight that broke out at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards.
Young Jeezy and Rick Ross’ camps threw it down at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards, engaging in a fight backstage. But during an interview with Power 106’s Big Boy’s Neighborhood, he said that he was never touched during the melee but didn’t go in-depth as to his feelings on Rozay.
"I mean first of all, it was a great awards show. I mean basically, it was just a good show. I went there, got out with Wiz, it was cool, we did our thing," he said. "So in the hallway, we’re walking out whatever whatever. So me and him never really seen each other face to face before, and I just felt like he spoke, I spoke, and that was basically it. But at the end of the day, it’s been going on for a while so I just felt like if it was to be handled, it should have been handled there. We either gon’ get past it or keep moving. So in my words, I just feel like a lot of these cats are actor rappers. And I’m Jeezy - they could never be me. That’s just pretty much that.
"At the end of the day, I refuse to be part of this WWF propaganda and B.S. to sell records," he continued. "If that’s who you want to be, you want to be a tough guy, you be that way. I’m a boss, I’m a G. That’s just how it is."
He also addressed his ongoing feud with Gucci Mane, who recently said he has “no respect” for Jeezy and that they’ll “never” reconcile. The Snowman didn’t have kind words for Gooch, calling him “retarded” and stating that he turned down several requests to collaborate on a song.
"I mean, I feel like everybody know that boy retarded, nobody take him seriously. He got an ice cream cone on his face. That being said, I’m not going back. I’m going forward. And then it’s crazy because they’ll call you and want you on a song. And then when you don’t get on a song, that’s what happens. Of course [he called me]. He called me a few times. I just said it wasn’t a good idea. We past that. I don’t want to go backwards. He reached out a few times and I didn’t do the record, so I guess he feel a way. He didn’t take his medicine that day. Shortbus shorty."
DJ Drama explains what really went down during the scuffle between Young Jeezy and Rick Ross.
While more people are coming out of the woodwork to weigh-in on the fracas between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy’s camps at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, one key witness - DJ Drama - has yet to give his take on the event. Now, Complex has reached out to the Gangsta Grillz impresario to clear up the confusion.
Drama, who briefly appears in the footage of the fight, said that the rumors of Jeezy and Ross’ fight ending in gunshots are completely fabricated. He recalled that he walked back with Jeezy from the main stage, and when the ATL emcee bumped into Rozay, only a few words were exchanged and some pushing and shoving occurred. He added that the footage that has circulated throughout the Internet shows only the aftermath of the incident.
"I saw [Jeezy] in the house. Then we walked backstage at the same time," he recalled. "Jeezy was walking one way, Ross was going the other way. They stopped briefly, exchanged a few words, and there was some pushing and shoving. That was pretty much it…I just heard a couple, ‘What’s ups,’ I didn’t hear what else was said."
He continued, “The video that you see is all after the fact. Jeezy wasn’t even inside at that moment, he was already outside. The confrontation in the video is Ross’ manager, Gucci Pucci, trying to get to Ross and the cops trying to stop him because they don’t know who he is. There’s no footage of the fight. That’s all afterwards…it wasn’t a fight. No shots were fired. It was a small disagreement, but it was a small disagreement between two very important and big individuals within hip-hop. It’s been the talk of the town.”
T.I. weighs in on the fights that took place at this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards.
During this past weekend’s 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards taping, Rick Ross beefed with Young Jeezy and Gunplay tussled with G-Unit. While he wasn’t involved in either brawl, T.I. spoke to Los Angeles, California’s "KTLA Morning News" to discuss the incidents, stating that while he was not aware of the fights, most are caused by “pride and ego.”
“I didn’t even know about the fight,” he said. “Men everywhere, we have huge egos and lots of pride. I don’t know that particular incident personally, but most fights that I hear about, it’s about pride and ego. I can’t speak for every case. I don’t know much about this case.”
Watch the full interview below (via Rap-Up).
Wale says he wasn’t near the Young Jeezy/Rick Ross fight but adds that it was “unfortunate, to say the least.” He also says he had no indication of a feud between MMG and CTE camps.
The feud between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy recently developed into an altercation at the BET Hip Hop Awards. There, both camps were involved in an incident that allegedly included gunshots and arrests. While Waledidn’t seem to be involved, he was recently asked to speak about the confrontation by Bootleg Kev due to his alliance with Ross’ Maybach Music Group.
Wale explained that he attended the red carpet for the award show but that he had to leave to perform elsewhere so he was not present for the brawl.
"I heard about it," he explained. "I didn’t know what was true. Everything was happening so fast, I didn’t know what was going on… I wasn’t nowhere near the whole situation…I really can’t call and say what happened or what should have happened. It’s unfortunate, to say the least."
He also shared that he had no real indication that a feud existed between the camps.
"That ain’t something that we sit around and talk about, our relationships with other artists," he said. "We never really talk about nobody but ourselves amongst ourselves. So nobody really knew how deep anything was or how deep nothing is. So, I’m assuming this is something that was just blown out of proportion, for the most part."
The rest of the interview can be heard below.
Young Jeezy talks “Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition” collaborations, says he edited “SupaFreak” for 2 Chainz appearance. Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy revealed an interesting bit of news about his most recent album, Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition, during an on-air interview with DJ Whoo Kid. According to Young Jeezy, Drake was initially on the earlier version of “I Do” and on top of that Kanye West was originally intended to be on the remix of the song. “Actually he [Drake] was on the earlier version man,” Young Jeezy explained to DJ Whoo Kid. “And I told him I wanted to do a remix with him and Kanye so I was really waiting on the Kanye verse to come back, but then the record was so close to being number one I was like ‘Fuck it. I’mma just have to let it go like this.’ That mothafucka number one now so I can’t do no complaining.” On top of attempting to recruit Kanye West for the “I Do (Remix)” Young Jeezy also revealed that “SupaFreak,” his TM: 103 track featuring 2 Chainz, initially featured three verses from Jeezy but one was dropped in order to fit 2 Chainz’ verse. “2 Chainz one of them cats man you know he kinda went through the grind so you kinda gotta respect his grind because he really got out there and got on the right records and made the right records,” said Young Jeezy. “The reason why he was my first choice is because those are the types of records he’s really been fuckin with lately. And those are the types of records I was doing a lot in the beginning of my career. Now it’s like ‘Cool, he do them type of records. Let’s do one together.’” Young Jeezy also went on to explain that there will likely be a music video for the “I Do (Remix)” and that it’s really a matter of getting everyone together as well as solidifying a treatment for the video.
Young Jeezy explains how he had to go to war to get the track on his debut. Young Jeezy recently chopped it up with Shade 45’sStatik Selektah about everything from his latest albumTM103 to how he promoted his mixtape Trap or Die by handing out 700,000 copies. During the chat, he also revealed that he had to fight to get the intro track “Thug Motivation 101” on TM101 on the album and how his label, Def Jam, tried to block it from the LP. "Crazy story with that shit. I was fighting to get that song on the record. The label wanted to take it off. I was like, y’all fucking crazy. It was one of those things. In the beginning, a lot of motherfuckers didn’t know where I was going with it. I had to stand on that. It was one of those win or lose things, and I feel like I won, you feel me? It was a dark time, but it was a lot of money. Watch the two-part interview below, where he also speaks on CTE, the ban on Snowman shirts in schools and more.
Tip also confirms that his reality show “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” has been renewed for a second season. T.I. previously revealed that he and B.o.B were recording a full-length collaborative album The Man & the Martian, but a joint release with Young Jeezy be on the way. During an interview with Power 106 (via LA Leakers), he spoke on the possibility of the project, stating that the goal is to first put Atlanta back on top and then focus the project. “Jeezy and I, we have discussed doing a collaborative album. Right now, we’re both focused on putting Atlanta back on top where we once knew it to be,” said Tip.” In my absence, I’ve seen the city take a backseat, if you will, to other areas and other regions. I’m not trying to sleight nobody’s efforts or nobody’s contributions to the game, but I know what my city represents and I know what my city’s capable of. And if I feel like we’re not living up to our full potential, I’m going to gather all the cats who I know who supposed to ride for the town like I ride and we gon’ get it back right. So that’s what we focused on right now. After we do that, then we can focus on anything else. But first is first.” Tip also confirmed that his VH1 reality show T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle has been renewed for a second season, and that he’s trying to strike balance in his personal career. “What’s next for me? New year, new money champ. You got the B.o.B album Strange Clouds, and I’m looking forward to that and I’m really proud of that project. I just signed a deal for the second season ofThe Family Hustle, so there will be a season two officially,” he said. “The album Trouble Man. I’m continuing to work. I’m trying to bridge the gap between giving cats Trap Muzik and the ‘Live Your Life’’s and “Whatever You Like’’s from Paper Trail. That’s where I’m at. But that’s an excellent problem to have.”
UPDATE #4: With the Eminem and Freddie Gibbs-assisting track as a reported bonus cut, Snowman has a plethora of Rap vets on his fourth LP, with production from Warren G, Shawty Redd and Drumma Boy.
After several delays, Jeezy has announced the release date for his third solo LP Thug Motivation 103. During last night’s anniversary concert for Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 in New York City, New York, Jizzle closed the show by revealing that the long-awaited album will land in stores on September 20th.
“My nigga Kinky B. just told me that TM103 will be in stores September 20th,” he said before exiting the stage.
The Snowman has already released a few tracks from the album, including the street single “Ballin’” featuring Lil Wayne and “Shake Life,” which he debuted last week on Hot 97.
UPDATE: Jeezy has announced that the official title of his upcoming album will be Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition (DGB via HHNM). His first two albums in the Thug Motivation series branded the subtitles Let’s Get It and The Inspiration.
UPDATE #2: Jeezy’s upcoming album, originally supposed to be in stores on September 20th, has reportedly been delayed once again. The LP is currently without a release date. HipHopDX will keep you updated.
UPDATE #3: Following a weekend of rumors floating around that his upcoming album had been indefinitely postponed, Jeezy released a hand-written tracklist for the LP without naming any of the features. Check the tracklist below.
1. Talk 2 Me
2. Real Is How Ya Feel
3. Supa Freak
7. Never Be The Same
9. Higher Learning
10. Change Ya Life
11. I Do
13. Lil Homies
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UPDATE #2: The Snowman gives a sneak taste of what to expect in his upcoming documentary. After announcing Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition's release date yesterday, Young Jeezy has unveiled the black-and-white cover art, originally featured in a promotional clip for the album, due December 20th. Confirmed as official via his Facebook page, the cover features a portrait of the Snowman in black and white, looking up and outward. Check the artwork below. UPDATE: According to Rap Radar, Samuel L. Jackson will narrate the short film that accompanies the deluxe edition of Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition. The film will chronicle Jeezy’s rise and will be made available for viewing ahead of the LP’s release. [October 20] UPDATE #2: Young Jeezy has released the first of five trailers for his documentary that will come with his new album TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition. Watch the clip for the Chris Robinson-directed short film below.