Maybe I'da been Kanye instead of seeing Gunplay

from T.I. (Ft. John Legend) – Slide Show Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This line is a direct reference to T.I.’s jail time. Paper Trails in general is a sober commentary on his decisions and their consequences. After all, the album was primarily written during house arrest. T.I. laments that if only he had been smarter about his career and focused on his music, he wouldn’t have gotten into legal trouble and arrested. “Gunplay” is yet another reference to the death of his friend Philant. Perhaps if T.I. was more like Kanye, Philant would still be alive. Maybe he should’ve been a little more T.I. and a little less T.I.P.

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