The Making of T.I.'s "Trap Muzik"

"I Can't Quit"

Producer: Benny Tilman & Carlos Thornton

Jason Geter: “Tip is the kind of artist that expresses what he’s going through with his music for real. The title alone shows you what the guy was going through. You got to hear his frustration, his determination. Back then the whole thing was, 'Oh, he got dropped from the label.’ But we asked for a release, we asked to get off the label. People were doubting.”

T.I.: “I thought about seriously quitting rap three times for sure. After I’m Seriousdidn’t get the reception that I had hoped, I felt like maybe it ain’t meant to be. Maybe I ain’t gonna cut it. Maybe it’s not worth the trouble that it’s starting. Maybe this ain’t a game that I can commit myself to and still live a healthy lifestyle. Maybe I do need to bow out.

 

I thought about seriously quitting rap three times for sure. After I’m Serious didn’t get the reception that I had hoped, I felt like maybe it ain’t meant to be. Maybe I ain’t gonna cut it. - T.I.

 

“I felt like if I would still be going to jail and shit, I might as well back in the game. When you’re let down by your ambitions not being met with reality, it takes the best of us to pick ourselves up and say, 'Fuck this feeling sorry for yourself shit, man. You gonna finish it, or you gonna say fuck it.' I said I was gonna finish it. So many people depended on me, That was exactly why I felt like I can’t quit.

“I was just like all the other motherfuckers out there, trying. I felt like ain’t nothing keeping me from being what I wanted to be, keeping me from the opportunity. I think the history has shown, that’s exactly what it was. All I needed was a plug, a connect. Once I had a connect, I’ve been going ever since.”

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