T.I. has definitely been making up for lost time.
Since being released from prison in September, the King of the South has been working overtime in the studio releasing his own singles (“I’m Flexin’,” “Pyro”) and remixes of other artists’ songs (the Throne’s “N—as in Paris,” 2Chainz’s “Spend It”). For his next album, Trouble Man, Tip said he’s already recorded 45 songs. And then there is his collaboration album with B.o.B.
During an October interview with Shade 45′s “Sway in the Morning,” the Grand Hustle CEO said he was “flirting” with the idea of doing a tag-team album with Bobby Ray . On the set of his “Strange Clouds” video, B.o.B confirmed that the two are in the studio.
“The joint album, it actually started as a joke,” B.o.B told MTV News. “Tip would always refer to me as the Martian, and in one of his lyrics, he said, ‘It’s the man and the Martian,’ and we said, ‘Man that could be an album title.’
“We kinda just played around with it. But it seems to be taking form in a very organic way,” he added.
Just because they are recording together doesn’t mean things are finalized. In his October interview, Tip wouldn’t fully commit. “Even this, this is a conversation that we had, this is an idea,” he said about the possibility of a B.o.B joint album. “It’s not set in stone. It’s not concrete as of yet.”
Before that, fans will most likely see solo LPs from each of the MCs. On Monday, B.o.B released his mixtape E.P.I.C. (Every Play Is Crucial), and it’s safe to assume his sophomore LP, Strange Clouds, is next. “It’s all about the fusion between the outer limits and the inner limits, from the sky to the ground; it’s everything in between, above and below, so Strange Clouds, for me, it’s my ‘Twilight Zone,’ ” he told MTV News of his upcoming Adventures of Bobby Ray follow-up.
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