Boy has the rap game changed over the years. Men use to rap about the dope game and women with big butts. Female emcees would talk about designer labels and fashion designers. Lately there is a new trend. Men are name dropping labels and high-end fashions in their songs. Rappers like Future, Kanye West, T.I., 2 Chainz and Jay-Z are talking about designers that I can’t even pronounce let alone afford. (Margiela) I know some of the labels the rappers are sporting are knock-offs, but just the fact that they know about them intrigues me. I think it’s a fad and probably won’t last too much longer, but I can say that it is very impressive and is definitely a good look, fellas.
Don’t you love this life like I love you
Anything you could ask, do it for you
Drop Jags, Birkin bags, Louboutin heels
Summer homes in Miami, Hollywood Hills
Vacation in Monaco
On the French Riviera with our feet up
Our lifestyles so rare, you know you ain’t going no where
“Love This Life”-T.I.
Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris
Rappers love to name drop labels in their songs. In T.I.’s lastest single, “Love This Life” he mentions one brand that not many know too much about. The Birkin Bag. That’s because not too many of ‘us’ are willing to shell out between $15,ooo- $150,000 for a bag. The Birkin Bag was created in 1984 by Hermes executive Jean-Louis Pumas after he was on a flight with actress and model Jane Birkin in 1981. Her bag fell from an overhead compartment and she complained about not being able to find a leather weekend bag that she liked. He designed and created the leather bag for her. Since then the bag has become an icon for socialites around the world. T.I. and Tiny, I guess you really are living the life!!!
The ATL has a new name, but not so much a new game, “Motown of the South.” Best known for its sports, strip clubs, crime and Freaknik, Atlanta is being recognized for its hip hop scene. From new hip hop artists to some old favorites, the ATL is steadily making its contribution to the multibillion dollar industry, including clothing, fragrance brands, businesses, recording studios and top of the charts music, Atlanta has finally come full circle.
Popular hangout spots for hip hop artists include Castleberry Hill district, Club Crucial, Justin’s (Diddy’s spot), and the ever popular Lenox Square. Lucacris had a party at a store in the mall and T.I. threw a party at Louis Vuitton.
The South is on and popping.
The 2010 BET Awards is on 2nite and red hot with performances, awards and who knows what the hell else. BET award shows are never put together as well as MTV award shows are. Anything can wrong from stage malfunctions, to people in the bathroom when they’re supposed to be presenting. Queen Latifah will host, Jay Z, Kanye West, T.I., Legend, Prince, and Justin Bieber will perform.
This will be a comeback performance for West and T.I. This is West’s first show since bum rushing Taylor Swift, and T.I.’s first show since his release from prison last December. Legend will receive the Humanitarian Award and Prince (or the artist formerly known as) will take home BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award, can’t wait for that.
Nominees include Jay Z, Beyonce’, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz, Melanie Fiona and whoever else BET throws into the mix. Be sure u check this one out. We’ll talk later.
And I know we don’t show you all the time
but we lucky that you ours
no bouquet of flowers could ever
show how much we know we need you
we do all that’s in our power just to please you
see boo, f-ck them girls I would leave the World ‘fore I leave you
with all of my good days and all of my bad
you stood by your man and you know you got my back
worth every car every bag with me they wanna be that
I know what I got at home
I ain’t never gon leave that
them b-tches best believe that
Got Your Back-T.I. Feat Keri Hilson
Tiny & T.I.
I’ve been hearing rumors about T.I. and Flavor of Love Season 1 winner, Hoopz lately. They say he’s back with her and when he appeared on The Mo’Nique Show a few weeks ago, she was in the front row. There are ALWAYS rumors about T.I. and some random chick. I have one question for everybody believing this mess. Has anybody been paying attention to T.I. lately? Every time he’s interviewed whether it’s on The Larry King Show, The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, The Wendy Williams Show or being featured on a song, he’s talking about ‘the love of his life’, his fiancée, his kids mother- Tiny. He’s talking about buying her mansions, cars, designer clothes and flying her in private jets. Whenever anyone asks him how many children he has, he always says six. But it’s not until someone questions him about them, does he say that Tiny’s daughter, Zonnique, isn’t biologically his but she might as well be. No other men in the entertainment business even mention their women, even the married ones. T.I. is one of the popular and most eligible (and finest) entertainers in the game right now, but he’s letting it be known, he’s got a Boo, so in his own words, “you can try if you want to.”…………….I think you’ll be wasting your time.
Hoopz, child please!
Not only is he back, Tip is back and goin strong with an upcoming new CD and a new movie that’s comin out in August. Takers, T.I.’s new movie has some major Hollywood players including Indris Elba (he played Beyonce’s husband in the movie Obsessed), Matt Dillon (Crash, Armored), Paul Walker (The Fast & the Furious), Chris Brown (we all know who he is), Jay Hernandez (Joy Ride, Friday Night Lights), Hayden Christensen (Jumper) and Zoe Saldana (Drumline, Avatar). T.I. is also the executive producer , so you know it’s gonna be a hot and sizzling piece of work.
Takers tells the story of a group of bank robbers whose jobs are always perfectly planned and executed and you kno T.I. will play his role to the max. The buzz has already started that this will be a major project not only for T.I., but will put him in the company of some of Hollywood’s big name actors and producers. Not only can the brutha rap, he can act too.
Welcome back, Tip, we missed you.
Strike a match catch a fire see T.I add gas
What’s a molotov cocktail that never break a glass?
Scary ass nigga wanna come for me you better bring it
I ain’t mad I forgive em, God I know they ain’t mean it
Yeah I seen it all before, hater pop it and they ain’t
Rack they brain try to think how to stop it and they can’t
Ain’t that lame but then the hatred manifest to pure malice
Won’t be satisfied till somebody dies and I’m patient
Waitin’ on me and the reaper on a first name basis now
I’m a let you make it now, stay totally out the way for you
But know that we can take it any place we could take it to
Hatin’ on your blood cause guess it’s too late for you
All I could do is pray for you or organize a wake for you
Your choice, clearly I ain’t hearing your voice
Keep it up and I’m gon’ send your ass to jail without joy
Hey, you can have the bottom partner I’m a bring the sky box
I got shit locked down nigga why stop now
I’m so above you hover over suckers, why drop down?
I’m so profound it goes down and…
T.I. had been off the streets for almost a year. Everybody had their chance to come out with something hard before he got out. It seems like the rap game got worse when Tip left. Before you knew it Tip was home and he came out the gate HARD! ‘I’m Back’ was just his first release. Have you heard his mix tape, ‘F*%k a Mixtape’? It is FIRE! This man has jumped back on the scene and took the game over as if he never left. I feel sorry for all y’all lame rappers cuz it’s a wrap.
A-ight, listen up! How many mo babies u gonna have with that man b4 he decides it’s time to man-up and legalize this thang? If u good enuf to give up the cookie and have his crumb snatchers, then u good enuf to go the whole nine. One crumb snatcher, yeah. When it turns into 2, or 3, or more, go file the papers, stand in front of a judge and get the damn thang done.
It’s about respect – respect for you, respect for yo child(ren) and respect for himself. Too many sistas get caught up in havn babies to “catch a man”. Who winds up getting caught? U know who! Rappers ain’t no different from regular folks. Different baby mama, same baby drama.
T.I. & Tiny
T.I., my nigga, I kno u dealing with some other s%&* right now, but how bout yo shorties and their mamas? Can u pick one? At least make one or two of yo shorties legit. Y’all sistas gotta stop letn these men use u for their fun and games, u end up carryn their seed and they move on to some other slimmy leavn u high, dry and pissed off. Now, here comes the drama – you can’t stand him, he can’t stand you, the baby needs shoes, pampers, milk, and you need money. He don’t wanna give u nuthin til u prove he the baby daddy. T.I., you are the father!
Lil’ Rocko, Monica & Romello
Ok, Monica and Rocko, yo turn! What up? What’s yo story? Just like all these other brothers out here, calling yo’self a thug, but can’t step up, make a commitment to yo woman and yo children. What’s mo important, thugdom or being a man? Make a choice, pick a side. U even deny that u and Monica are that close, but y’all got babies 2gether. I ain’t mad at u Rocko, I just hate 2 c kids get caught up n grown folks drama. Keep doin what u do and I’ll keep watchn to c how it plays out.
Snitch niggaz, b*&%h niggaz, they all the same face
No matter what hole you crawl in, nigga you ain’t safe
All you niggaz is rats, nicknamed Jake
Sam, Curtis or Alpo belong in the same place
A penitentiary cell block gettin’ gang raped
Coward m&%$#@&$%@%r, now tell me how my name taste
I promise to never snitch, like some of my homies
G-Rock, B-Mase, and O.G. Tony
Before I have the police run in ya house
I kiss my son on the cheek and put the
gun in my mouth, m&%$#@&^%$#s Snitch Niggaz
T.I. & Corey Williams “The Bodyguard/Snitch”
Corey, Corey, Corey….. How can you look yourself in the mirror every day? You’re a smart man, I’m sure of it. You had to know that buying those firearms for your former boss was illegal. You got away with it the first time. But over, and over and over again? Did it ever cross your mind, ‘what is my boss doing with all these d$%n guns?’ And not your everyday normal guns, you purchasing some Iraqi type s#*t. What were ya’ll planning on shooting aliens? That wasn’t enough for you. You go and start asking questions about silencers and machine guns. RED FLAG! So you get caught with the guns, right. When does it pop in your head to snitch on your boss? You’re a big dude. After all you’re a bodyguard. This is what you do. I don’t think you would have too much of a problem with inmates trying to mess with you. But T.I. on the other hand……Well, you’ve seen him. Man up, and take one for the team. Corey Williams, with a clean record, received the same sentence as T.I., who is a convicted felon. Honestly, how much more time would Corey have gotten if he hadn’t snitched?
For the next 366 days T.I. will call Forrest City Federal Correctional Complex home. Although he’ll be away from family and friends, it could be a lot worse. Some people say federal prisons are similar to resorts compared to other prisons, and this one sounds more like a country club than a place where people go to be punished. T.I. will have several activities to choose from including; billiards, ping pong, volleyball, basketball, soccer, racquetball, and horseshoes. They also have a fitness center with treadmills, stationary bikes, and a cardiovascular exercise room. This prison even has a hobby craft area where he can learn leather crafting in an art studio. T.I. can have five visits per month on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and all federal holidays. A year and a day is a long time to be incarcerated but with accommodations like these all T.I. has to do is show up, the time will do itself.