I was surfing the Internets last week when I read a post about how TI is supposed to be getting out of jail soon. Plus how he might be overlooked for being one of the gulliest ever. Damn, a year already? Time files. Anyways, it’s funny how mad people put Clifton Harris through the wringer about being all types of snitch and punk bitch for how he ended up getting what’s basically a slap on the wrist for stocking up on all types of artillery and what not. Seriously, let’s go back and see what dude had resting on his kitchen table:
Holey moley! I play alotta video games and ain’t never seen no hardware like that. That piece up front on the right side looks like its only built for removing a dude’s torso from his legs. Neatly. For dude to stock up on them kinda toys must’a meant he wasnt playing around. Not one effin bit. So yeah, he might could just have copped a snitch move on account of how many “toys” he was caught with. That plus his already being a convicted felon. And I know how frowned upon snitching is in the hood. But like Tony said, looks like TI was planning something terrible against the other side. Maybe retaliation against those that were responsible for the death of his ace Philant Johnson. Revenge is a dish best served cold, and that hardware looks like Tip had a chilled plate ready to be doled out. Riding for his homie like that is mad commendable, especially since riding like that is way more than what most of these rappers out here would do on behalf of their potnas, on account of how they’re usually only looking out for self. Nobody ever mentions how TI might have snitched just to get a shorter bid, enabling him to exact that vendetta once he got out. If that’s the case, then said snitching sounds like acts from a very smart and gully man.
Looking at the lanscape of gulliness in rappers, new and old, lets compare notes on a few of Hip Hop’s rabble rousers and see where they stand compared to Clifford. (Please note that the following list is not complete. I’m just bringing up a few examples for comparison. I know how ya’ll get about me omitting so and so, whom and Sam. So cut it out.)
Shyne – Locked up for nine of a ten year bid for shooting up a club, possibly in defense of his then boss Sean “Puffy” Combs back in 1999. Most rappers talk about busting their guns, Jamal was about it. Still, no one actually got shot (grazed don’t ever count), especially since he fired up in the air. Plus no one died. Whatever gun he used was small time compared to Tip’s choice of firepower. Gully nonetheless? Most definitely. But compared to what TI had in mind, not so much.
Freddie Foxxx – P/k/a “Bumpy Knuckles. Freddie has developed international gully acclaim for always being reaady to knock a head out. On gp. I don’t ever want it with Freddie. Especially since I ran into him a few years back chilling with John Cena of WWE fame. Them two together = not so much of a good time. Still, knocking cats out bare fisted, or with a bat or brass knuckle is so 1980′s. A mouthful of fisticuffs compared to a chest cavity filled with lead = not so much of a contest.
Lil Wayne – Got caught in New York City with a loaded gun and some drugs. About to do a one year bid for that. Drugs? Psssss. Is that even still considered a crime? One loaded gun? Comon son, how you gonna go against a army with a handgun? Next!
50 Cent – The ultimate rap bully. Once sold drugs and did a short stint. Plus is legendary for how he took 9 bullets. Real hardcore shit. Still, like Jay-Z snuck dissed, Curtis was the shootee, not the shooter. Gully men are always the shooter.
Just-Ice – Some of you XXL readers might be way too young to know about Just-Ice. Old school rapper. Ran with Boogie Down Productions. Also known for actually “allegedly” shooting a man dead at Howard University down in Washington, DC. If I remember, either he beat the charges, or might not have ever been charged. Now that’s gully. Still, Just can only publicly claim “allegedly” one body. Compared to how many bodies would have been taken out had Tip had that chance to wreck shop, one body don’t add up to a posse or a crew.
Beanie Sigel – Just looking at dude, you can tell Beans has gully juice running all through his veins. Even beat an attempted murder charge back in 2004 for a West Philly shooting. Another dude I’d never want it from, [||]. Still, lost a whole rack of gully points for that el sensitivo “footprints in the heart” line from that Jay-Z “Average Cat” diss song from a few weeks back.
Jay-Z – Now clean cut and squeaky, still, Jiggaman once pleaded guilty for stabbing Lance “Un” Rivera back in 1999 for Un bootlegging his shit. Don’t ever want to think about getting stabbed, but I’d take whatever Un got compared to what TI could’a gave any day. [||].
The Late Pimp C – Arrested and did a bid for pulling out a loaded weapon in the middle of a crowded mall during an argument. With a female. Unlike Byron Crawford who likes to start crap with the late one and his partner Bun B, I give Pimp C a lotta respect for being a legend. Still, pulling out a semi in mid argument is almost understandable. If you’re that heated, and happen to be rocking a semi. In the middle of a crowded mall. Compared to sporting enough toolery to overthrow a small banana republic, not so much on the gull-o-meter.
DMX – Arrested for a gang a’ shit. Dude has a list longer than most. Plus, I won’t be surprised if he continues to add some more to his ever expanding sheet. Still, as gully as X gets, I’m willing to state that dude might be more of the mental illness suffering kind, like being bi-polar and what not, as opposed to being the “I’ma wake up, cop an armory of weapons, plan some revenge, death and mayhem shit. Just on gp. And because I have a clear and balanced mind to do so” kind.
The Late Tupac Shakur - Shot not one, but TWO white police officers back in 1993. Son even walked scott free from them charges. Mad gully? Yes. Then again, Pac didn’t know they were cops since they were off duty. Plus they lived. And it was in response to them harassing a sole unarmed individual. Heroic? By the boatload. Gully? Eh, kind of canceled out by said element of heroics
Remy Ma – After a night of hanging out, once she realized one of her best friends snuck some guap from out her purse, decided she’d pull out and “TOMA!” the culprit chick right in her gut. So gully, and yet so sexy. Still, the chick lived to testify against her. Inflicting a flesh wound with a pistol is kinda meh, compared against the carnage TI intended to inflict.
Foxy Brown – The original Bonnie to this Clyde shit. I gotta lotta love for Inga. A most impressive rap list built up by this Brooklyn rapstress. Still, she once warned everyone back in the day that she was truly “7:30″. I think she might kind of been right, so she doesn’t count with the gully factor. A certified champ with the craziness points though. (Please see DMX above).
There’s more I could add to this list, like Steady B, Chi Ali and Mystikal. The rap game is chock full of bad guys. Plus bad guy wannabees. But for real, I could be here all day with that. But yeah, based on intent and possession, TI might could be the gulliest rapper of all time.
Feel free to send me what you think, opinions and such. But please, keep it low on the insults. Ya’ll done shitted me out enough for the past two weeks, and though I’m not the sensitive type, I don’t need much more of that in my life.
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