T.I. vs. T.I.P. is S.T.U.P.I.D.

November 29, 2007

Bus Radio wants kids to know who T.I. is. Parents may not approve.

Bus Radio sent one of their DJs to the American Music Awards this month. On their Busradio.com site they reported who they saw and who won awards. Since their site is aimed at children down to the age of 6, we are perplexed by some of Bus Radio’s decisions.

First Bus Radio chose to tell kids that one of the most foul CDs of the year "T.I. vs. T.I.P." by a rap artist named T.I. had won rap album of the year.

Why do that? Why did Bus Radio feel it was important to give this artist and this album this publicity?

To give you some perspective on this album and singer here are some of his lyrics from this "award-winning" album. Be warned this is awful stuff. Those who have followed Bus Radio for the last two years should be ready for this type of content:

Lyrics from two songs on the T.I. album mentioned on Busradio.com.


Ba ba ba ba, ba ba ba
You p**** niggas feelin to make me kill one a ya’ll

Aint a damn thing changed, I still keep that thang
Right up under my shirt
Better tell em I aint playin
Cuz its all fun and games
Until somebody get hurt
Aint a damn thing changed, I still keep that thang
Right up under my shirt
Run up on the way hang and bang
Cuz its all fun and games
Until somebody get hurt
You feelin to get hurt, murked, Put em in the dirt, boy you better catch me first [x4]

A lot a p**** niggas talk like brawl, runnin they mouth
That is till I run in they house, put the gun up in they mouth
Tell a nigga talk s*** now, and then you know the gun go BLAO
I aint scared of the law, naw
Ima bout to go to war, what it is nigga, win lose or draw
I never get caught murkin yall, cuz it aint wat you do
The question is who saw? Im way too raw
Catch me any day you want, You can think im a player if you want
But that fact still remains that if I got an AK and you don’t
Well then playa you gone
Don’t get me wrong cuz some niggas wana kill me too (but where they at?)
But it aint bout s***, cuz its very well known where im at
You can catch me in the booth right now if it really like that
Naw nigga let me ho get, I mean the whole s***
The 44 spit, they holla “oh s***”, you protectin her, then you both hit
You better check your gut cuz you be so sick
Let the chopper leave you wit no dick, Or a plastic bag holdin your s***
Leave six in you, a couple more in the bitch
And I don’t miss, cuz im focused
A lot of niggas might talk loud, act real
But they don’t really want this here
p**** niggas better act right, lay low
We know where ya family live
Trust me you don’t want me up in yo crib
Wit a ski mask o,n duct tapin ya kids
You can pray all you want but I don’t forgive
You shoulda been doin that before you did what you did
I aint gotta spell it out, pimp you know what it is
Unless incase you are real, you know what it is
Plus I got a hundred goons wit me dressed in black
50 at the front door, 50 at the back
Half got Ks half got Macs
Bring em out bring em out show me where they at
We can do em right here or we can catch em in the trap
Run up on this nigga put a hole in his hat
His brains on the dash and his thoughts in his lap
Dump 50 more in em and tell em to hold that
Lights out, no austa miata, asta la vista, sia nara
E too, no tomorrow, no remorse, and no sorrow
And the next one of yall niggas try me like that
I swear to god im really gon snap

Right now Ima give ya somethin thatll make a nigga beg please
When the bullet blows by make you feel a little breeze
Drop to ya knees, see the big barrel of the chrome fifth rubber grip handle for the squeeze
I keep a couple of those for the niggas who talk s*** when I go to Jacob and I cop that ring
If you tryin to see me ima cock that thing, ima pop that thing, shots gon sting, really?
The nigga by this other truck with me, and, for most of the other niggas stuck with me
Ill tell you something, if you really were smart and you knew better people would probably tell you don’t f**k wit me
(Front) if you want motherf**ker you can catch it
Smile on my face even though I got a ratchet
Pop off, police pull me over, belief I gotta compartment if I gotta stash it
Must I just remind yall niggas when I come through knowin ima find yall niggas
Take two, break two, bust so many shots, gunpowder probably blind yall niggas
Ok, See you don’t really wanna feel a Mossberg blow
Clap up a nigga then I cap up a nigga, when I finish it’ll turn into a observe show
Look, listen, and you better observe yo
?iticism from the glock burn slow
s***ll probably twist you up just a little
And have your body leanin like a quarter past fo
Stay down, better lay down, checkin for a nigga comin n put ya body in the dirt
I don’t play bitch, you really need to go the other way even though I got it under my shirt

"Act III: T.I. vs T.I.P. The Confrontation"

man meet me at the mirror man, hurry up, come holla at meet
man dis s*** is f***ed up man
oh bout time
ladies and gentleman I apoligize for the fusion
what the f…. f*** dem man you better holla at me
see if you called back trap muzik you had a problem once before
meet me at the mirror man, come to the mirror
I thought we had dis s*** under control though u know what I’m sayin
nah home boy man I told yall I was gunna let you do this s*** for a minute
nah man hold up man I’m talkin can u see?
man you can’t shut me up man I got it from here on out
man it’s obvious that we can……
we doin this s*** my way now
man this dude is impossible
man why can’t you just talk about what the f***s wrong wit cha
man why can’t you just say whats on your mind man
quit all dat actin out
man talkin don’t do mutha f***in good man
man dis s*** got way outta hand now
man I understand all dat grub man but look though man
all you gotta do is ride out
ride out my ass dat what got my mutha f***in partna killed man
man you think I ment for that s*** to mutha f**kin happen?
dog you think I would hold da keys like dat?
it don’t matter what the f*** you ment to happen
I mean all in all bra I told you do it my way and that wouldn’t had happen

man doin it your way is what got us here right now

so what you sayin
what the f***, you heard me say nigga
yall out here man yall on T.V, flossin wit your Hollywood
mutha f***in outfits and. bra I ain’t wit dis s***home boy
well f*** it den cuz you know ery mutha f***in thing
nah I don’t know everithang but I know bulls***when I see it
yall be tryin to put me on front of ery mutha f***in
camera lights
da f*** you mean man? what you talkin bout?
ay look you need me partna man
you need me
I don’t want nun of dat King of The South s*** for one for TIP
man TIP your ass get locked up erytime if I let you get a chance
if you let me? you see what the f*** I’m sayin man?
how the f*** you let me gunna do somthin?
ay look man I’m sick of you and these other whole ass rappers out here.
yall can kiss my ass. you can tell em I said that. fake ass niggas.
man I’m done talkin to you. [glass breaks] go back to your song
f*** it

Bus Radio’s DJs Mat and Lucia know what T.I. sings about. They know it is all about gun violence and shooting cops and incredible amounts of profanity. Why did they feel like they HAD to list this singer and this album?

One could argue that Bus Radio is merely reporting the facts. Certain groups and individuals won awards and there is no fault in simply reporting on who won. After all Bus Radio didn’t choose the winners. That would be a good point except for one thing: Bus Radio SELECTED which awards to mention to kids and which ones they would not mention.

There were only twenty awards given out at the American Music Awards. Bus Radio listed only 12 winners. Here is the complete list:

Favorite Male Artist:
Justin Timberlake

Favorite Female Artist:

Favorite Band, Duo or Group:

Favorite Album:

Favorite Male Artist:
Tim McGraw

Favorite Female Artist:
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Album:
Carrie Underwood/Some Hearts

Favorite Band, Duo or Group:
Rascal Flatts

Favorite Male Artist:

Favorite Female Artist:

Favorite Album:
Justin Timberlake/FutureSex/LoveSounds

Favorite Band, Duo or Group:
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Favorite Male Artist:

Favorite Album:
T.I./T.I. vs. T.I.P.

Favorite Artist:

Favorite Artist:
Jennifer Lopez

Favorite Artist:
Linkin Park

Favorite Artist:
Casting Crowns

Favorite Album:
High School Musical 2


There you have all the winners. Bus Radio handpicked 12 winners to list on their kid web site. Listing all 20 would not have taken up that much more room. Bus Radio not only gives a plug to the vile T.I. but also to Bone-Thugs and Harmony. (Type their name in Google and be ready to be covered with filth.)

Notice that Bus Radio wanted kids to know the name of the awful rap album "T.I. vs. T.I.P." but they didn’t think it was important to let kids know that "Casting Crowns" won for favorite contemporary inspirational artist.

To give you some perspective on this group’s lyrics:

All Because of Jesus lyrics by Casting Crowns

Giver of every breath I breathe
Author of all eternity
Giver of every perfect thing
To You be the glory

Maker of Heaven and of earth
No one can comprehend Your worth
King over all the universe
To You be the glory

And I am alive because I’m alive in You
It’s all because of Jesus I’m alive
It’s all because the blood of Jesus Christ
It covers me and raised this dead man’s life
It’s all because of Jesus I’m alive
I’m alive, I’m alive

Every sunrise sings your praise
The universe cries out your praise
Singing freedom all my days
Now that I’m alive

Wow. A profane rapper is OK to mention to kids but an inspirational group is off-limits.

Bus Radio has to be edgy. To school boards, Bus Radio sales reps compare themselves to Radio Disney, but they can’t be Radio Disney to the kids or they will revolt and the kids will ask that the show be turned off. Then advertisers stop paying Bus Radio. Bus Radio’s web site also has to walk a fine line. It can’t be too over the top and it can’t be too tame. Since its inception Bus Radio has always erred on the side of being too over the top (some examples: Smack That , Wu-Tang , My Chemical Romance , Lil’ Jon , and Fergie.


Above is the entire AMA awards list as seen on Busradio.com. Nothing was cut off. This reflects an editorial decision by Bus Radio. T.I.’s raunchy music will be highlighted at the expense of other artists. Have Mat and Lucia been talking about Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and T.I. on their radio show? We can’t know if they are because Bus Radio refuses to replay on their web site their daily show for parents and the public to hear. The radio show that elementary, middle school, and high school students have to hear on their buses remain a big secret. It is just between Bus Radio and the students.