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The never-ending debate about who created trap music has resurfaced again.

T.I. compared the sub-genre to HBO’s hit series The Wire, during a recent interview with Nick Cannon.

“You do know that Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale hold the same amount of weight, they produce the same amount of action and activity, they just go about it in different ways,” the Atlanta rapper said.

“Stringer Bell has a vision beyond his present circumstances and is working toward a certain goal. Avon Barksdale loves what he is so much, he leaves everything on the court,” he continued.

“People who appreciate Barksdale, they [are] going to tell you Gucci Mane started trap. But that’s because of how they see themselves in life. There’s nothing you can do to change that. People who see themselves as a Stringer Bell, who have different visions and ambitions for themselves, they know that T.I. created trap music. The only thing about this group of people is they’re supported by facts.”

T.I. said that he’s aware that he’s not the first person to rap about drugs, and he referenced Outkast and Goodie Mob for rapping about the notion of trap prior to him. But he explained that he’s the first person to put the two words together with his 2003 album, Trap Muzik.

 

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.