Who records more than 70 songs for his album and estimates that it’s only 75 percent done? T.I., that’s who. Since his release from prison in September , Tip has been releasing music nonstop. Aside from the slew of remixes he’s done for others (Meek Mill’s “Ima Boss” and 2 Chainz’s “Spend It”) and the mixtape he just dropped on New Year’s Day (F–k da City Up), the King of the South is working overtime on his upcoming eighth solo album, Trouble Man.
“The album is about 75 percent done. We got a lot of hot, old-school, vintage T.I. records on there,” Tip told MTV News in December while he was in Atlanta promoting his mixtape. “I’m talking like gutter, gangsta, intellectual ignorance, hard-core stadium sh–, but at the same time we got those over-the-top crossover records as well, big features and whatnot that we plan on putting into play.”
T.I. started his career with 2001’s I’m Serious, and while his debut album didn’t make a major impact on the charts, songs like the drug-selling ode “Dope Boyz” made him a prominent fixture in Atlanta’s underground. Through the years, T.I. has been able to straddle the line, mixing dirty street anthems with pop hits like “Live Your Life” with Rihanna and “Dead and Gone” with Justin Timberlake.
While T.I. maintains Trouble Man will have an overwhelming street appeal, judging from the LP’s features it will have a rhythmic influence and possible pop presence as well. “I got one with Akon, did a few records with Rico Love. Man, I got records with just about everybody,” he said. “We just putting it together, we done did about 70 records. So now we’re in the narrowing-down process. So we’ll narrow them down, we’ll do probably about 15 more.”
It’s quite possible that some of the next 15 or so records that Tip records will be with Dr. Dre , whom he collaborated with on F–k da City Up. “We plan on getting back in and coming up with a few more, so you never know what could become of that,” he said.
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