T.I., also known as the King of the South, recently found himself in a situation where he had to school an Atlanta-area DJ on his own musical history. The incident, captured in a video shared on Instagram on Friday (May 26), turned out to be quite embarrassing for all parties involved.
The video shows T.I. standing on stage alongside DJ Toomp, addressing a packed crowd in Atlanta’s Bankhead district. Expressing his appreciation for DJ Toomp’s talent, T.I. exclaimed, “We had some hit records, you know what I’m saying? Play one of them!” However, the DJ proceeded to spin Destiny’s Child’s “Soldier,” featuring T.I. and Lil Wayne, which was not produced by DJ Toomp.
Naturally, T.I. was not pleased with the DJ’s mistake. Shaking his head, he responded, “That ain’t one of ’em!” as the track faded out. Undeterred, T.I. took matters into his own hands to remind the audience why he is considered one of the greatest artists to emerge from the South.
On the spot, T.I. effortlessly delivered a live rendition of “Dope Boyz,” a track from his 2001 album, “I’m Serious.” Notably, DJ Toomp had produced this particular song. The crowd enthusiastically joined in, singing along to the classic hit. DJ Toomp, widely recognized as one of the key producers responsible for bringing Southern trap music to the mainstream, played an instrumental role in crafting T.I.’s first four albums.
In addition to “Dope Boyz,” DJ Toomp also produced T.I.’s Grammy-winning track, “What You Know,” in 2006. This remarkable collaboration yielded several other notable songs, such as “Trap Muzik,” “24s,” and “Motivation.”
Beyond his work with T.I., DJ Toomp’s production credits extend to artists like Ludacris, Pastor Troy, Rick Ross, and Kanye West. Both T.I. and DJ Toomp recently attended a tribute concert honoring the late Clay Evans, the former VP of Grand Hustle, who tragically passed away in March.
Clay Evans, a founding member of T.I.’s record label and Lil Duval’s longtime manager, suffered a massive stroke from which he never fully recovered. Two weeks later, he peacefully passed away, leaving behind a legacy of love, hard work, and laughter.
The Evans family shared the sad news on Clay’s Instagram page, stating, “It is with a heavy heart that the Evans family announces the untimely passing of my Father, Claybourne Evans Jr. He fought a good fight and transitioned peacefully surrounded by close family and friends on today, March 24, 2023. He lived an extraordinary life filled with love, hard work, and laughter. He touched many lives…Continue His Legacy.”