T.I. Explains Why Nicki Minaj Isn't On His All-Time Greatest Rappers List
By Peyton Blakemore
October 8, 2019
Last month, the Atlanta rapper dropped his list of greatest MCs and while it didn't make waves immediately, his recent discussion of it on his podcast —specifically the list's lack of female representation — sure did.
After T.I. and a group of his associates discussed the fact that the list was missing several referred female rappers, the conversation turned into a comparison of Lil' Kim and Nicki Minaj.
"It's between Lil' Kim and Nicki," T.I. said of who's deserving of a spot on the list. "I don't think we can have both because they are a direct reflection of one another." Someone then added that Lil' Kim paved the way for Nicki.
"I can agree," T.I. responded, before adding, "[Nicki] is one of the biggest-selling artists of all time and I salute that [...] Impact, impact, impact."
The group then took a vote to see which rapper should take "the slot under Bun B." Surprisingly, everyone in the room raised their hands in agreement that it should be Lil' Kim, so, T.I. gave her the #28 spot.
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Yeah yeah we know we all about the TRAP MUSIC culture, but without RAP we are nothing... When it comes to the case of TOP 50 rap artists, here’s our list! Based on the Rapper’s overall impact and influence to Rap culture. We aren’t JUST talking about best lyricist, most record sales, most streams, largest fan base or longevity, but we are talking about OVERALL IMPACT on this thing of ours... #trapmusicmuseum #escapethetrap #liltraphouse #rap #hiphop #top50
Back in August, Tip dropped his list and explained that he created it based on artists' impact. "When it comes to the case of TOP 50 rap artists, here’s our list," read the caption of the list, which was shared to T.I.'s Trap Music Museum Instagram. "Based on the Rapper’s overall impact and influence to Rap culture. We aren’t JUST talking about best lyricist, most record sales, most streams, largest fan base or longevity, but we are talking about OVERALL IMPACT on this thing of ours."
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