''Don't Forget Who Opened the Door, Cuz''
4:30PM ET December 18th, 2012
Contributor : Martin James
A Rocky Williform Company
T.I. has been venting his frustration regarding what he feels is disrespect by other Atlanta rappers. Echoing sentiments he expressed regarding his controversial "Addresses" song, Tip told Hot 97 that he originated "trap muzik" and wants those that followed in his footsteps to pay homage.
"Listen, man. I'm strongly planted," he said. "I'm talking in cement and it's dry - not wet cement, dry cement. I'm firmly planted, holmes. My foundation and structure has been laid with a dozen years in this thing, potna. My roots run deep. I've developed relationships. I've been building this up for a long time. You can't do what I do, man. You can't do what I do. When you on the mic, you don't sound as good. I'm sorry. You do okay. You do okay. You do okay."
"I'm tellin' them the truth, man," he continued. "I'm just being real...When you on the mic, you don't sound as good as me. When you on TV, you don't look as good as me. Your girl'll tell you."
"Listen, guys. With the exception of Outkast, Goodie Mob and I'ma keep it at there. With the exception of that, before I came in the game there was Lil Jon, Outkast and Goodie Mob--so you had Crunk music and you had Organized Noize," he said. "There was no such thing as Trap Muzik. I created that. Yes, I did. I coined the term. It was my second album. It dropped in 2003...Now after that, there was an entire new genre of music created, an open lane for each of you to do what you do and live your lives on TV and be accepted by the masses. The masses have accepted you because I opened the door and you walked through it. Don't forget who opened the door, cuz. You couldn't have did what you doin' right now without me, holmes."
"I think they either forgot or they're being disrespectful," said T.I. "You can't have my spot because you can't do as good as I do at half the shit I do."