Apart from one glaring lapse in judgment that involved promoting the career of a rapper whose name rhymes with Igloo Australia, T.I. has enjoyed a long and storied rap career that began to gain traction in the early Aughts. While his image in the press recently has not always been favorable because of his refusal to acknowledge his protégé Iggy Azalea’s blatant cultural appropriation, there’s no denying T.I.’s legacy of hits from the past decade-plus. Tracks like “Whatever You Like” and “U Don’t Know Me” have enduring appeal, earning him pop and rap royalty status, and his recent releases, such as “About the Money” featuring Young Thug, continue to keep him on the charts. Along with Gucci Mane, T.I. deserves credit for galvanizing Atlanta’s rap scene, ushering the rise of today’s Southern-indebted trap sound that’s currently dominating the airwaves. To celebrate Superbowl Weekend, T.I. performs at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco on February 7.
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