It’s so ridiculous when an artist changes their stage name after already making a name for themselves. Plus, rarely do people go by their new moniker anyway, so what’s the point, Snoop? Malice? Mos Def? The only time it ever does make sense is when they were already called by their new name, i.e. Diddy, Jeezy, and now Tip.
Before blowing up like nitro in the early aughts, the Bankhead rapper originally went by Tip, but was forced to change it to T.I. out of respect for then label mate, Q-Tip. But now that Q-Tip isn’t as relevant as when T.I. wanted to remain Tip, and because they’re no longer labelmates, T.I. is dead, and Tip is re-born. And it seems like the new name also means less mainstream records and more trap music from the 34-year-old.
“It’s officially T.I.P. Just Tip. I think it’s about time for the fans,” he recently revealed on 106 KMEL. “For the fans, [Tip] been here since I’m Serious and Trap Muzik. And who actually stuck by me while I venture out into doing my “Blurred Lines,” “Why U Wanna,” “Whatever U Like.” They stuck with me, but now it’s time to dedicate attention to them and I think “Tip” is the move,” the rapper explained.
And now that’s he’s officially Tip (again), the Family Hustle actor dropped a new five-song EP on iTunes for fans still looking forward to his music. The project features from Young Thug and Young Dro, as well as production from Jazz Feezy, Sho Nuff, League of Starz, London On The Track, and Mars. The EP’s also his very first independent release, via Empire Distribution, and serves as a lead-up to forthcoming 10-track full album, The Dime Trap.
Stream Da’ Nic below, won’t you? T.I. had to fall off so Tip can get back up and have a fighting chance.
Update: With the album now out, Tip breaks out the video for the album track “Check, Run it.” The clip features a glitchy screen, lyrics flashing and Clifford flowing through the track effortlessly.