Imprisoned rapper graced the cover of Complex magazine for its November 2007 issue, inside of which he discusses such matters, as nowadays hip hop, 's manager Chaka Zulu with whom he had an altercation, and on how the street has changed.
Being asked on how can he say he doesn't fit in nowadays rap, T.I. explained "When I saw Tupac talking that "Thug Life" shit, getting locked up for shooting police, and getting shot and living, that's when I was like, Damn, them niggas is really about that shit. Now you're just let down. This ain't this guy that he was on this record. And nobody seems to have a problem with it. It's a lot of fake shit in it. I like to consider myself an intelligent person, and this shit is not something of intelligence anymore. It's getting real young and stupid, and that ain't me."