T.I. Rates The Bars. He Gives Iggy Azalea More Love Than Tupac (Video)
“Rate The Bars” is a fun series that can test a rapper’s objectivity. MCs are often handed lyrics by artists in their crews, from their same cities, or even rivals and past enemies. Raekwon, Royce 5’9 and Rah Digga have all had potent things to say about excerpts that are not necessarily what Heads would expect, given the relationship dynamics.
T.I. gets an interesting batch of cards on the latest segment for BET. He is handed bars from a host of former and current Grand Hustle Records artists. Notably, Tip hands out no rating higher than a 4, which goes to B.o.B.’s 2017 Ether track, “E.T.” The leader of the Hustle Gang is harder on one of his first acts, Young Dro, whose 2017 “Dirty Money” track gets a 2. Iggy Azalea fares a little better at 2.5 with her recent hit, “Switch.” Trae Tha Truth, who is a Vice President at Tip’s label, grabs a 3 with 2013 song “Ride Wit Me” (which features T.I.).
T.I. is also handed lines from a number of close peers, from Ludacris (3) to Jeezy (also a 3) and Boosie Badazz (another 3). However, of all the lyrics T.I. must rate, he is hardest on Tupac Shakur. From 2Pacalypse Now, Tip gives “Something Wicked” his lowest rating in the series, a 1. Tip qualifies his rating in the simplistic rhyme style: “I gave it a one because it’s ‘rat’ ‘cat’ ‘dog’ ‘fog’ ‘run’ ‘fun,’ I’m ‘done’,” he jokes.
Although T.I. may be harsh on a verse that belongs to one of Tupac’s less-popular titles, he has been an advocate of the Thug Life co-founder. Last year, Tip joined Treach and Snoop Dogg in inducting Shakur into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. He also appeared on two posthumous releases from the MC, including the “Pac’s Life” single.