American Rapper Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., professionally known as T.I, recently posted on his Instagram account a list of his Top 50 Rappers of all time. The update went to the top of the trending list, and people are now calling it ill-mannered.
View this post on Instagram@theshaderoom @balleralert THIS IS THE FINAL LIST #ExpediTIously created️ IF Y’ALL AINT HEAR THE WHOLE EPISODE YOU SPEAKING LOUD,OUT OF TURN AND WRONG AS A MUUUUUFUCKA️. Now while IDGAF WHAT NUMBER I AM... (Music doesn’t validate ME or MY EXISTENCE,u can Put me at 51 if u like...MY LIFE AINT GON CHANGE!!!)Y’all can feel free to go back and forth with acts of futility about OPINIONS all you like. I’ll be doing something different & progressive... Oh...& we framed it for y’all to win... How to enter the giveaway: Just Leave a review on the expediTIously Apple Podcasts page and include your social handle #BeEazy A post shared by TIP (@troubleman31) on Oct 8, 2019 at 10:22am PDT
In response to Trap Music Museum's list posted on August 7, T.I. assembled a group of associates to construct his own list of the Top 50 rappers of all time. The group focused only on the impact the rappers made rather than their sales.
During the rapper's 'expediTIously' podcast, he discussed the controversial topic and extremely weighed in where Nicki Minaj and Lil' Kim should be placed on the list.
While discussing the two, he mentioned that they could not be included on the list. T.I believes "they are a direct reflection of one another."
Nicki Minaj posted a tweet saying, "Stop discussing bullshit." Although she is considered as one of the most popular and best-selling artists, T.I. thinks that Nicki's impact is not comparable to Lil' Kim's.
After the group's deliberation, T.I. and the whole team chose Lil Kim for the spot after Bun B and proclaimed it as a unanimous decision. When the official list was finally posted on the rapper's Instagram page, both of them made it, with Nicki at number 41 and Lil' Kim at 40.
There were a number of female rappers' names that were mentioned in the podcast. However, T.I. agreed to make another list that will only be dedicated to female rappers. He believes Nicki Minaj will rank higher on this one.
Furthermore, the 39-year-old hip-hop artist also posted that he does not care about wherever he falls in the list. According to him, it will not validate him or his existence. Despite this statement, though, he ranked himself at the number 11 spot.
T.I. began the list with Tupac on the top spot, followed by Jay-Z, Biggie, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Drake, Eminem, Nas, DMX, and Lil Wayne to complete the top 10.
Also known as TIP, he divided opinions about the rappers on his list. However, he did garner positive responses from the podcast host's fans and other artists.
Rapper Common, formerly known as Common Sense, called the list 'perfect' even though he did not make it to the Top 50. Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg -- who ranked 4th -- left a comment on T.I's Instagram update, thanking him for including 'the old dog' on the list.
Before the controversial post, T.I. was already asked in an interview with Rap-Up about his top 5 MCs. Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., JAY-Z and André 3000 topped the list, while he was torn between Ice Cube and Lil Wayne for the fifth rank.
The rapper and podcast host is currently promoting "Rhythm + Flow," Netflix's new hip-hop competition series. He is one of the hosts of the competition together with Chance The Rapper and Cardi B.