Top 10 Best T.I. Songs of All Time (And 10 Classic Verses) T.I. is always trapped at the Tip of rap greatness

Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. (stage name T.I.) rose from Atlanta’s slums to help create the Trap music movement. Tip since proved he’s anything but trapped, turning his music career into a life of an entrepreneur, author, actor, and record executive. Not only is he a staple in southern hip-hop, but he and his wife Tiny are steady on reality TV radars. Check out these highlights from the masterful discography of T.I..

Best T.I.P. Songs

10.  “Bring ‘Em Out”

Album: Urban Legend 2005

Classic Line: 

Once again what other rap nigga hooder than this
I got rich and I’m still on some hoolagin’ shit
You be rapping bout blow I was moving the shit
You talking bout shooting out and I was doing the shit
If I hit you in the face you goin’ be suing and shit
And if I catch another case I know I’m true to be missed
So I’ma keep it cool head stay out of the news
Headlines and shows other rappers its bedtime (bedtime)
It’s clear to see that I’m ahead of my time
I copped a chromed out hard top Carrera to shine
I got some time, it ain’t shit cause I get better wit time
Who got a flow and a live show better than mine

9. “Live in the Sky”

Album: King 2006

Classic Line: 

My cousin Toot ain’t have to die right in front of his son and his wife
He lost his life struggling over a gun
Give a damn what he done, that’s my motherfucking folk
And I love that nigga to death, no motherfucking joke
I can feel my eyes feelin’ the lord is my witness
If I catch ’em, I’m a kill em
I made it my business
Back in the day you stayed in my business
Taught me I ain’t have to incorporate yay in my business
Coincidentally that’s why today you not wit’ me
My cousin died over some yay, and I miss him
Plus he had his family out, let’s say she the eye witness
But her boyfriend did the shooting judge gave a life sentence
I heard that, now I’m dressed up in all black
Shot up the whole apartments and still ain’t brought back
The best friend I had in Jamel, I lost that
I guess your death was a lesson in life; it taught me that

8. “Dead and Gone (ft Justin Timberlake)”

Album: Paper Trail 2008

Classic Line: 

Ever had one of dem days, you wish woulda’ stayed home
Run into a group of niggas, getting they hate on
You walk by, they get wrong you reply
Then shit get blown
Way outta proportion, way past discussion
Just you against them, pick one then rush ’em
Figure you’ll get jumped
That next, they don’t wanna stop
There now they bussin’, now you gushin’, ambulance
Rushin’ you to the hospital, with a bad concussion
Plus ya hit four times, plus it hit ya
Spine paralyzed waist down, now ya wheel chair bound
Never mind that now, you lucky to be alive,
Just think it all started you, fussin’ with three guys
Now ya pride in the way, but ya pride is the way you
Could fuck around, get shot die any day
Niggas die, every day all over
Bull shit dope money dice, game ordinary hood shit
Could this be, ’cause of hip hop music
Or did the ones, with the good sense
Not use it, usually niggas
Don’t know what to do, when their back against the wall
So they just start shootin’
For red or for blue or for blo’ I guess,
From Bankhead or from your projects
No more stress, now I’m straight,
Now I get it now I take time to think,
Before I make mistakes, just for my family’s sake
That part of me left yesterday, the heart of me is strong today
No regrets I’m blessed to say, the old me dead and gone away.

7. “That’s All She Wrote (ft Eminem)”

Album: No Mercy 2010

Classic Line: 

Its stupid how I’m going on everybody knowing that
I’m sewing up the game, destroying like they hate me for it
Eventually see they cant beat than with me they join
Others sworn under oath, or banished left completely scorn
You tell lies, get caught, nigga kick rocks
You never did blend in with the big shots
On the fast track, ain’t no need for no pit stops
I just laugh at, nigga wishing it was this hot
Guess they mad at me huh, really pissed off
Better that than pissed on
I’m the Jetsons you the Flintstones
Catch me in the end zone
High stepping prime time
Thought you niggas been on
Ain’t no blocking my shine
Like my new air Yeezy’s, you can see me in the night time
I get rich off living life, you check to check reciting rhymes
So call me what you want, wanna hate, have a nice time
While I get stupid paper, hey my dough ain’t in its right mind

6. “Jefe (ft Meek Mill)”

Album: Dime Trap 2018

Classic Line: 

Like a bad bitch with no furniture, I can’t do nothin’ with her
Still hit her and them bad bitches who hung with her
That’s how I do, ay, can’t give you the formula
Don’t stop me now, I’m just warmin’ up
Niggas be actin’, the fuck they performin’ for
Leave ’em right there for the coroner
Man, my bitch look so bad, she a foreigner
Aston Martin, the attire is formal
How we kick it, ain’t shit ’bout us normal
We Grand Hustle, an schemin’ and chasin’ our dream
Stackin’ that paper
Hearin’ my raps, you see me, you see what I mean
Drippin’ that flavor
Fuck niggas hatin’, don’t try me, I split that potato
Then go sit and eat with the mayor
Skiin’ in Vail, David Chapelle told me
You niggas is funny as hell
Run to the smoke and then runnin’ and tell
Open the vault, put you under the jail, damn!

5. “I’m Straight (ft B.G. & Young Jeezy)”

Album: King 2006

Classic Line: 

I gotta couple of V’s wit’ the kits, MPV’s on my wrist
A lot of glamour and glitz, but shawty I don’t need it
My beginnin’ was a humble one, a hustler I’m a son of one
Taught me how to number run, I went from that to number one
Had a hundred ones, I bought a slab, flipped another one
Sold my little three-eighty east, and said I need another gun
The littlest in the trap, and got it poppin’ like some bubblegum
Junkies hatin’ on my stacks, sayin’ I’m nuttin but a young
Buck, niggas say, “What?”, then he see me raise up
Just wanna see the little boy wit’ nuts change a old nigga whole face up
Cause I spray the nigga’s whole face up, wet the nigga from the waist up
They’ll try you once, ’til you pull a .40, then tell ’em shawty don’t play wit’ us
I’m fourteen in the dope game and don’t care ’bout catchin’ no case, bruh
Don’t consider me, not statistically, another nigga it’s too late for
Hey, wait, bruh, bet any nigga came from that?
Who lose it all the day, I bet he say he changed from that

4. “Swagga Like Us (ft Jay-Z, Kanye West, & Lil Wayne)”

Album: Paper Trail 2008

Classic Line: 

Yea,
Ha!
Ya think?
That’s right,
You know see Weezy for the wordplay,
Jeezy for the bird-play,
Kanyeezy for diversity and me for controversy,
All my verses picture perfect all is meant to serve a purpose,
You ain’t living what you kicking then you worthless,
Looking from the surface it may seem that I got reason to be nervous
Then observe my work and see that my adversity was worth it,
Verses autobiographical, absolutely cla**ical,
Last thing I’m worried ’bout is what another rapper do,
Ain’t nobody hot as me
Even if they rap they a** off
Blast off and have outstanding quality,
Sell a lot of records I respect and salute that,
But spitting real life on hot beats I’m the truth at
You kick it like me no exaggeration necessary,
Living revolutionary, nothing less than legendary,
Gangsta s*** hereditary, got it from my dad
Flow colder than February with extraordinary swag

3. “Rubber Band Man”

Album: Trap Muzik 2004

Classic Line: 

Rubber band man, like a one man band
Treat these niggas like the Apollo, and I’m the sandman
Tote a hundred grand canon in the waistband
Look’n fo’ a sweet lick? Well this is the wrong place man
Seven tyme felon, what I care ’bout a case man?
I’m campaignin’ to bury the hate, so say yo’ grace man
Ay, I don’t talk behind a nigga back, I say it in his face
I’m a thoroughbred nigga, I don’t fake and I don’t hate
Check my resume nigga, my record’s impeccable
Anywhere in the A nigga how T.I.P. is highly respectable
And the M-I-A nigga I’m tryna keep it professional
Cause all this tongue finna have me snap’n, I’m tellin’ you
From the bottom of the Duval, Cakalacky to New York
And everybody show’n me love that’s one to you all
Yeah, to all my Florida niggas, my Cakalacky niggas, my LA niggas

2. “What You Know”

Album: Urban Legend 2005

Classic Line: 

See me in your city, sittin’ pretty know I’m shinin dog
Ridin’ with a couple Latin broads and a China doll
And you know how we ball, riding in shiny cars
Walk in designer malls, buy everything we saw
You know about me dog, don’t talk about me dog
And if you doubt me dog, you better out me dog
I’m throwed off slightly bro, don’t wanna fight me bro
I’m fast as lightning bro, you better use your Nikes bro
Know you don’t like me cause your bitch most likely does
She see me on them dubs in front of every club
I be on dro, I’m buzzed, gave every ho a hug
Niggas don’t show me mugs cause you don’t know me cuz

1. “Live Your Life (ft Rihanna)”

Album: Paper Trail 2008

Classic Line: 

I’m the opposite of moderate
Immaculately polished with
The spirit of a hustler
And the swagger of a college kid
Allergic to the counterfeit
Impartial to the politics
Articulate
But still’ll grab a nigga by the collar quick
Whoever havin’ problems
With their record sales just holler TIP
If that don’t work and all else fails
Then turn around and follow TIP
I got love for the game
But ay I’m not in love with all of it
Could do without the fame
And rappers nowadays are comedy
The hootin’ and the hollerin’
Back and forth with the arguin’
Where you from, who you know
What you make and what kind of car you in
Seems as though you lost sight
Of what’s important when depositin’
Them checks into your bank account
And you up out of poverty
Your values is a disarray, prioritizin’ horribly
Unhappy with the riches
‘Cause you’re piss poor morally
Ignorin’ all prior advice and forewarnin’
And we mighty full of ourselves all of a sudden, aren’t we?

Best T.I.P. Guest Verses

10. Bone Crusher “Never Scared”

Album: AtenCHUN! 2003

Classic Line: 

 

9. B.o.B. “Bet I”

Album: B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray 2010

Classic Line: 

 

8. Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines”

Album: Blurred Lines 2013

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7. Kanye West “Ye vs. the People”

Album: n/a 2018

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6. DJ Drama “We In This Bitch”

Album: Quality Street Music 2012

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5. Destiny’s Child “Soldier”

Album: Destiny Fulfilled 2004

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4. Drake “Fancy”

Album: Thank Me Later 2012

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3. Young Dro “Shoulder Lean”

Album: Best Thang Smokin’ 2006

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2. Justin Timberlake “My Love”

Album: FutureSex/LoveSounds 2006

Classic Line: 

 

1. Young Jeezy “F.A.M.E.”

Album: Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition 2011

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Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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