One rapper who refuses to play along in 50 Cent’s war games is fellow superstar T.I. In an interview with XXLmag.com, the Atlanta MC addressed an apparent diss from 50’s ongoing “Officer Ricky” cartoon series that poked fun at his October 2007 arrest for weapons possession. [Watch Below]
Sidestepping the beef, Tip denied seeing the video that depicted an animated Rick Ross cuffing and then interrogating him. “I haven’t seen it but, we all know dude,” he said of Fif. “We all know his intentions, we all know his motives. We’ve seen this too many times before. You know, I play chess, not checkers, you dig? I ain’t even trippin’ off of that. At the end of the day, I’m more worried or concerned about what a man says to me or what a man does to me, not what he says or does in the eyes of the public.”
50 has taken shots at T.I. in the past, notably on the song “You So Tough” off of G-Unit’s last album, Terminate On Sight. Insinuating that the “King of the South” had snitched in order to retain a lighter jail sentence, Fif spit, “How do you explain how homey breeeze /They said keep ya mouth shut or you eatin’ the cheese.”
As he did then, T.I. continues to shrug off any attempts to undermine his rep. “I’m a real dude,” he said, “a stand up guy with integrity, respect, morals, standards, [and] principles, and anything outside of that I ain’t got nothing to do with.”
Tip is scheduled to serve one year behind bars next month as part of his sentence for felony weapons charges. – Devin Chanda with reporting by Anthony Roberts
Look for XXLmag.com’s full-length feature with T.I. will premiere on the site on Monday, March 2.