T.I. says he has a track on his upcoming Paper Trail that will be like a 2008 version of his hit “Bring ’Em Out.” During a stroll down the MTV Movie Awards gold carpet, he told us about the highly anticipated album — well, a little bit about it.
“Swizz [Beatz] and I just did a record,” he said. “It’s called ’Louis Rag,’ and it’s basically about a fashion statement. You know, I always have very nice silk pocket squares hanging from my jeans. I just did a song about it. I think it’s gonna really be one for the clubs.”
Tip, who shot a video for “No Matter What” recently in Atlanta, returned to the clubs this past Friday with a show at Washington, D.C.’s Love. It was his first performance since last winter, when he was arrested on gun charges right before the BET Hip-Hop Awards. The King of the South recorded most of his album while under house arrest.
“Ink-free,” Tip said of creating his LP “spontaneously.” “I think it’s a little more intricate. It’s a little more elaborate. It’s a little more intelligent. I believe so. I’m not gonna speak for it. I’m gonna let the music speak for itself. I don’t wanna give no heads-up, man. I ain’t gonna tell you what to expect. Just know it’s an album coming out, and all of my true fans will receive my contribution to the industry.”
T.I. has a full schedule of summer concerts. Next week in Atlanta, Tip will be one of the headliners of his hometown’s biggest concert of the year, the Birthday Bash. The Game, Young Jeezy, Plies, DJ Khaled and Shawty Lo are all on the bill as well. As for his Hollywood career, Tip recently signed a three-picture deal with film company Screen Gems.