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.