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‘Can’t Play Like That’: T.I. Confirms The Chainsmokers’ Group Member Claims That Rapper Punched Him ‘In the Face’ for Doing This

Rapper T.I. is shedding some light on a moment that reportedly involved his getting non-consensually kissed at a party by a fellow music artist. 

Drew Taggart, half of the popular music band The Chainsmokers band, revealed through a TikTok titled, “When meeting T.I goes wrong,” that the Atlanta rapper allegedly punched him after the singer kissed him on the cheek. 

(left) Drew Taggart @drewtaggart/Instagram (right) T.I. @troubleman31

“T.I. just literally punched me in the face,” Taggart said in his video. “We’re in a vibe and I, like, gave him a kiss on the cheek and it was totally my fault,” he said as his fellow band member laughed next to him. 

The “Closer” vocalist said T.I pushed him off before punching him in the face. 

“He was like ‘Don’t do that,’ and I was like ‘Okay.’ He pushed me off and I was like, ‘All right, my bad,’ and he punched me in the face and I was like ‘Okay I’m sorry,’ and he was like, ‘All right, cool; we’re good.’ ”

Taggart noted this encounter was the “weirdest interaction ever.”

Not long after the TikTok post was uploaded, T.I. decided to go on Instagram Live to clear the air surrounding his unexpected peck experience. The “Live Your Life” rapper confirmed everything Drew Taggart said in his TikTok while denying any ill feelings toward him.

“There’s really not much more to the story.” T.I. jokingly said as he continued to repeat, “There’s really not much more than you’ve already heard. I think the most important thing to take away is afterwards we had a drink, we took a shot you dig. You know what I’m saying and umm, we moved on. Everybody left the party we had a good time.”

It turned out, T.I. is a huge fan of the Electronic duo and even invited them on his podcast, “Expeditiously.” 

“I love the Chainsmokers, not to get no sugar though. Can’t play like that, but love the music, still a fan!” He continued, “Love to have you guys on Expeditiously if you can find the time to sit down and chop it up, I’d love to kick it with you if you have some time on your hands.” T.I ended his video unable to control his laughter after using Taggarts line, “Let’s catch a vibe.” 

The Shade Room reposted both parties’ explanations, and fans totally understood T.I.’s initial reaction. 

“With monkeypox and everything else going on yeah don’t kiss me”

“He love y’all but tread lightly”

“T.I. had every right, y’all be outta y’all minds” 

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