T.I. Says 50 Cent Would’ve Been Nelly Had He Been From The Midwest

On an episode of “Ebro In The Morning”, rapper T.I. openly ruminated about the favoritism and adulation that New York-based rappers receive from fans and the media over rappers from different parts of the country.

While Tip did acknowledge New York as the birthplace of Hip-Hop, and respectfully credited many of the great artists that hail from The Big Apple, he said that there are some NYC lyricists that, perhaps if they were based somewhere else outside of NYC, wouldn’t get as much love as they do. When asked for an example, T.I. used 50 cent to illustrate his point, saying that if 50 cent was from the midwest, he would be Nelly.