Watch T.I.'s NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Following recent performances from Jorja Smith, Rakim, GoldLink, and Erykah Badu, T.I. is the latest artist to Join NPR for an intimate Tiny Desk Concert. Though DJ Toomp was unfortunately not around to lead the band, Tip recruited a talented mini-orchestra musicians from the non-prit Atlanta Music Project, who provided strings brass, and keyboard. The Atlanta rapper began with his classic “Rubber Band Man,” f his breakthrough project Trap Muzik, an album that celebrated its 15th anniversary this month and played a crucial role in creating the trap rap subgenre.

Throughout the performance, T.I. shared anecdotes from his career, recalling a call he got while he was filming the “Rubber Band Man” video with Diddy, where he was told police were raiding his home. “That was a very bittersweet moment for me, but that’s all in the essence trap music,” he said. “This music was about the elements that people have to endure in their lives every day and find a brighter side and make a way out no way, and that’s what this music represents.”

Tip went on two his biggest hits, King‘s “What You Know” and Paper Trail‘s “Live Your Life.” Watch the full performance above.

T.I. Commemorates 15th Anniversary Of “Trap Muzik" With Vegas Performance

T.I. is the King the South, and his catalog proves it. Besides the numerous albums under T.I.’s belt, the “About the Money” rapper also has a long list mixtapes. In regards to his albums, Trap Muzik is respected as one T.I.’s best albums, if not the best one. The ATLien ascended to the throne with anthems like “Rubber Band Man,” “24s,” and “Be Easy.” Trap Muzik also sparked the entire genre trap rap, a debate that T.I. and Gucci Mane infamously let play out in front the eager public. It’s been 15 years Trap Muzik was released, and T.I. celebrated the milestone with a trip to Vegas. 

T.I. took to the stage at Drai’s Nightclub, at The Cromwell in Las Vegas. He performed several this Trap Muzik classics to a pack club that knew the words to every single. “No better way to bring in 15 years #TrapMuzik,” wrote T.I. on an Instagram post that features clips the performance. He also pointed fans to a website where they can purchase anniversary merch, including t-shirts, crop tops, hoodies, and caps. After T.I. was done scorching the stage, he was presented with a plaque to honor the 15 year birthday his magnum opus. 

Top 25 Best T.I. Songs

T.I. is the King the South. Not because you think so, but because he says so. A man that has achieved the accolades that T.I. has, has the right to call himself the king whatever he wants. Any man that disputes it only propels the idea further by giving it attention. It was with that mentality, and the instincts a hustler, that T.I. became hip-hop royalty.

It wasn’t easy for TIP to ascend the classes hip-hop. Top tier rappers like Jay-Z and Nas were running the game in the early 2000s, while newcomers like Eminem and Ludacris were building their reputations. TIP’s first studio album dropped in 2001, the same year as The Blueprint, Stillmatic, Word Mouf, Pain Is Love, Miss E… So Addictive, Kiss Tha Game Goodbye, Dirty Money, and a lengthy list other classic rap albums. Needless to say, the competition was well equipped, and TIP’s debut didn’t necessarily move mountains. It did shake the pavement though.

From I’m Serious forward, T.I. evolved. His mastery crafting monumental hip-hop music and moments only became more refined throughout the years. Trap Muzik, Urban Legend, King, T.I. vs T.I.P., Paper Trail, and the list goes on. Despite battling legal troubles, and entertaining several high-prile beefs, TIP has remained the most astute and vigilant hustler in hip-hop. His discography is beyond impressive; it has earned him multiple Grammys and the respect every rap fan in the world.

Mixtapes can be both fans’ and rappers’ favorite format hip-hop entertainment, but studio albums are the lifeblood an artist’s legacy. Of course, there is a long list rappers who have classic mixtapes that shook hip-hop to its core. TIP has a few those himself. Still, when a list top five rappers is debated, the hip-hop heads involved are most likely basing their opinions on albums, singles, or album cuts. It’s with that mindset that we compiled a list T.I.’s best songs. No mixtape records, no songs that T.I. only features on. Just the crème de la crème TIP’s prestigious studio album discography.