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T.I. Disagrees With Gucci Mane’s Claims About Who Invented Trap Music

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“Only fools dispute facts!”

Gucci Mane ruffled up some feathers over the weekend when he called himself the inventor of trap music on Instagram. The throwback post referenced the rapper’s 2005 studio debut Trap House and included the caption, “#FBF The Day I Invented Trap Music #Guwop aka #TheEvilGenius #1017Ceo.”

The conversation on who created the genre has been up for debate over the years, but T.I. has claimed his stake on inventing trap numerous times and seemingly responded to Gucci’s remarks with his own Instagram post.

T.I. shared a screenshot of the Wikipedia page for his sophomore album Trap Muzik, making it a point that it was released in 2003. He referred to the album as the “birth” of trap and calls anyone who disputes “the facts” a fool.

Photo Courtesy of T.I.’s Instagram

Last month, T.I. made similar remarks in an interview with Angie Martinez where he expressed his frustrations with younger generations who dismiss his contributions:

A lot of people, they don’t really know that I created trap music, like I got that old… There was no such thing as trap music prior to me. No such thing, it didn’t exist. It was OutKast and crunk, that’s what it was… I should say Organized Noise and crunk. My second album, 2003, Trap Muzik.

Trap Muzik is often considered the first true trap album that popularized the genre term, and rappers like Jeezy and Gucci continued to bring the Atlanta sound to widespread audiences with their releases in the years after.

Although T.I. is a pioneer, artists like UGK, Master P and Three 6 Mafia are also credited as early influencers with vivid narratives about street-hustling.

You can learn more about the origins of trap music in an interactive feature from Genius' new series Song Stories.

Catch up on all of Gucci Mane’s and T.I.’s lyrics here on Genius.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly claimed OutKast’s 1998 song “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” featured the first lyrical reference to the trap. The first song to mention the trap was in fact Goodie Mob’s “Thought Process.”