"Trap music is a genre I created, before me there was Lil Jon, Crunk Music and Outkast."
I'm pretty sure all of you have heard his interviews as of late. I'm shocked nobody has checked him on this yet. Maybe he means he started it in atlanta because he damn sure didn't "start it". He didn't create the slang word "trap" in atlanta either. I've heard pastor troy and goodie mob, say trap years before t.i. Now T.I is the first person I heard say "trap music" but I could be wrong(somebody from the south verify please). First and foremost T.I was never really doing "trap music" as in a new way of rapping. He was just speaking on the dope game a lot on his 1st album(which was damn near a classic). T.I was making music for the trap not "trap music". D boy rap aka trap music is when you reference drug dealing/dope metaphorically in damn near all of your raps no matter what you talking about(talking in code). The 1st person to do D - boy rap aka "trap music"(started the genre) was mack 10 aka the dope dealer. The 2nd person to do it and really make the genre popular was YOUNG JEEZY. After that it was the clipse, then gucci mane, and then officer ricky. Lil wayne was even trying to to get in on the "chicken talk" for a minute too. SO NO!, T.I DIDN'T CREATE THAT GENRE OF RAP HE DIDN'T OPEN THAT LANE.
For all of the true T.I fans you know he wasn't the 1st to make music for the d - boys either. Maybe in atlanta but not the rest of the U.S.A. The true fans know T.I used to sound kinda like B.G and borrowed heavily from his rap style. It's quite obvious T.I 1st two albums was heavily influenced by "it's all on you" and "chopper city". Last but not least, cats been making music for the "trap" waaaaay before t.i. Let me give y'all ass a check list
E - 40
C - bo aka the cow boy
Master P aka the ice cream man
fat joe aka joe crack
etc etc(feel free to fill in the blanks)