T.I. Says Younger Rappers Think Dissing Older Generation Will Earn Them Respect

Sacha Jenkins and T.I. spoke with MTV News about today’s younger generation of Hip Hop artists.

“The younger generation wants to be respected, and they feel that that respect comes from the disrespect of the former generation,” T.I. says. “For us, we actually had to go out there. The things that you hear me rapping me about, these are things that I actually had to live through. I had to go out here and do these things and I earned the right to speak about them.”

T.I. made reference to Lil Xan’s comments about 2Pac. The 37-year-old Atlanta veteran who was one of the first artists to criticize Xan for his controversial remarks

“Right now, you have people discussing other people who haven’t gone through these necessary steps that they’ve gone through and you are critiquing their work when you haven’t really walked their path,” T.I. adds. “This guy Lil Xan he just has never really taken the time out, he’s not aware of how much work actually went into making it where Pac made it, where B.I.G. made it.”