T.I. Salutes Future, Young Thug, Lil Baby & More For Innovating In The Trap Genre

The Atlanta legend reflected on the 20-year anniversary of his landmark project, "Trap Muzik."

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
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T.I. is a hip-hop legend, and is widely and rightfully recognized as one of the innovators in the trap music subgenre. However, despite his OG status in the game, never doubt that the Atlanta icon is still tapped into what's happening with the movement today. Moreover, he recently found a great reason to shout out those moving trap forward today, since he's celebrating the 20-year anniversary of his landmark project, Trap Muzik. During a recent conversation with XXL, Tip mentioned a few MCs who he believes are doing new and important things within trap today. When it comes to the state of the style in contemporary rap, he has no doubt that these artists turned it into something beyond even his own expectations.

"A lot of people moving the genre,” T.I. said of trap music in its current form. “Not even just by embodying similar qualities that I did. I think it’s a lot more conversational now." First off, he praised Lil Baby, expressing that they share a kindred artistic spirit when it comes to songwriting. "Just a lot of key facts about details and authenticity, where you’re speaking about things that you know that only a person who knows could articulate it," Clifford Harris remarked.

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T.I. Reflects On Trap's Current State & Its Contemporary Leaders

"[21 S*vage's] thoughts speak about things like financial literacy and thinking out the box," the 42-year-old continued. "About how to expand just upon what you know by doing something different. [Moneybagg Yo] has a way of being melodic and finding the pocket on the subject matter that can relate to people that come from the life." In addition, T.I. shouted out Young Thug for "his mannerisms and the things that he does among the people." Despite Jeffery being in jail on RICO charges right now, the Grand Hustle creative still believes he influences the culture as much as ever.

Meanwhile, his remarks concluded by praising Future's "diverse" artistry within the trap realm. With songs that lean more melodic and others that make speakers burst up in flames, Pluto's output certainly fits that description. It's been a long journey since Trap Muzik, and its shifts and innovations still shake hip-hop up to compelling results. For more news and the latest updates on these amazing artists, stay logged into HNHH.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.