Producer: Sanchez Holmes
T.I.: “Me and my partners, we were really young and thugging. For me to become a rapper after the life that we lived, they would laugh at me at the time. In the hood where we were from, a lot of independent motherfuckers had a little money. We would beat them up in front of their girlfriends, cause that was just us.
“In the past, I have let other people dictate mine because I’ve gotten angry. I said, ‘What? I’m on my way!’ [Laughs.]. Those times, before I had the power to move mountains. When you have the power to move mountains, you don’t drop it on somebody. I’m getting older. I know I can move these mountains. Why would I exert the energy to do that shit?”
In the hood where we were from, a lot of independent motherf*****s had a little money. We would beat them up in front of their girlfriends, cause that was just us. - T.I.
Sanchez Holmes: “Anyone that know the album Trap Muzik know that it’s a real diverse album. My energy with Tip was more of a positive energy. We had our grimey stuff too, but for some reason every record that we did, it was more on a positive side. When I got that opportunity [to work with him] I tried to step into his world more than bring it into mine. He’s adaptable.
"I had that sound that was more soulful. I tried to give him some diversity with my work. ‘Be Better Than Me’ was one of those feel good moments, where there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Like, you need something to reach for, if you ain’t got no goals, try this out. Don’t try my route, get your own and do it better than I did. It’s self explanatory.”