T.I. has come out guns blazing on a new song, but it's not yet clear who he's aiming at. In a recent interview with DJ Drama, Tip admitted that his track "Addresses" is a diss, but stopped short of naming the person he was dissing.
"Now, the thing about who it was directed to — it benefits him more than me for me to put that out there," he said. "So I made that directly to him in a way that only they will know. Therefore, they cannot get any shine off of it."
On the song, which appears on his forthcoming album, Trouble Man, Tip takes a number of shots at the unnamed target.
"All on that sucker sh-t / you broke and now you so upset / all that sh-t you kick around the city gets you no respect," he rhymes.
T.I. predicted that multiple rappers will falsely allege that they are the ones targeted on the song, viewing the beef as an opportunity to gain notoriety.
"There shall be a few rappers that feel they will be benefited by accepting that burden, and they will step into that line of fire, knowing it is not them, but they will feel it is better for them to step into that line of fire, be hit and receive the benefits that come with being hit by a T.I. bullet. It'll be the greatest thing that ever happened to them in their lives," he said.
Though he wouldn't name names, Tip shed some light on the circumstances that provoked him to write the song. He said the person he's referring to had met with him face to face to sort out their differences, but then turned around and continued to trash talk him in public a week later.
"It brings me great pain to say, had it not been for their outright, direct disrespect and disregard for the G code, and what is known to all to be real... they lack all integrity," he said. "Trap Music is a genre that I created, homes! Before me, it was Lil Jon, Crunk Music, and OutKast! You don't fit in nowhere... So for you to come out your face bad about me, dog, when I ain't never do nothin' but try and help you and n---as like you? And you tryin' to come at me that way? You deserve everything coming to you."
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