Tue 25 Nov 2008
*Update: Bossip’s Kim Walker caught T.I. post-fight#1 acceptance speech for his Humanitarian of the Year award (snicker). You can listen to the veiled daggers here.
well, I watched like 4 different videos of the fracas between T.I.’s Grand Hustle crew and Shawty Lo’s crew from Monday night’s Dirty Awards in Atlanta. (Which I’m gonna be honest…is not the more optimistic award show name if you want to avoid fracas)
But I will come to this conclusion. Alfamega is the superhybrid of label artist/security/hypeman/henchman/even comic relief! You other artists who are signed to a big star and just sit around recording and stuff? Pshaw! You better get your weight up. This guy is the Robo-Flex of side artists.
(“I love my job!” -Alfamega)
I also feel vindicated in my original cynicism about that fake-ass T.I. and Shawty Lo truce from before. Don’t ever date someone who has to leave their boyfriend/girlfriend for you. And don’t ever trust pressured truces.
(“Hate you.” “Hate you back, Hater.”)
(photos spotted at Necole‘s.)
Video and description of the fight after the jump
Then there was a backstage “truce” between T.I. and Shawty Lo….and then Alfamega floored someone from Lo’s crew.
From MTVNEWS and Shaheem:
Lo puts full blame on the head of Grand Hustle records, while Tip could not be reached for comment after the dustup.
“I didn’t go and start nothing. If they rewind the cameras, they’ll see how it started,” told MTV News early Tuesday morning (November 25). “I’m a man. I respect every man as a man. If a man disrespects me, what am I supposed to do? T.I. needs to contain his people. We’re not standing down. I performed my music; 107.9 [one of the show's organizers] called me to perform. I didn’t come to start no beef with him. I gave Tip a shout-out at the BET Awards.”
As he was performing his hits such as “Dey Know” and “Dunn, Dunn,” Lo said that members of Tip’s Grand Hustle family, most notably artist Alfamega, came out of their seats, stood in front of the stage and started “mean mugging.’”
“Basically, I didn’t start saying anything about Tip,” Lo explained. “I was performing my music. During ‘Foolish,’ all of them was coming in front of the stage doing their mugging. After ‘Dunn, Dunn,’ I performed the dis record ‘Don’t I.’ That’s what made perform the dis record. I ain’t gonna lie; they was disrespecting me. I wasn’t gonna let them disrespect me.”
As Lo rapped the barb-riddled track some eyewitnesses said Tip’s crew started throwing chairs onstage. While Shawty said he cannot be sure who threw the first chair, he thinks it was Big Kuntry….
“I don’t know, we’ll see,” Lo said. “[Me and Tip's conversation] ended on a positive note with the conversation. I don’t know where he is [with the beef]. I guess he just be talking. One thing about it, Shawty Lo ain’t no punk. T.I. is just a rapper. He knows how to read a book good. Where I live is for real. I ain’t got nothing against homes. He’s got family, I got family. I’m not trying to kill him, he’s not trying to kill me. I got fans that love me. He’s not not gonna run all over me. I ain’t Lil’ Flip.”