With the official start of summer only one day away, hip-hop fans in Atlanta kicked off the season just right at Hot 107.9′s Birthday Bash concert this past weekend. Hometown hero T.I. closed the show with an hour-long set that included some of his classics, like “24s” and “Rubber Band Man,” as well as new cuts from his upcoming LP, Trouble Man.
The album isn’t due until September 4, but T.I. is ready to start making a push to get his eighth LP ready for release. “You know, I’m really just getting warmed up, man,” he told MTV News backstage at ATL’s Philips Arena. “I got a lot of ammunition; I’m about to start shootin’. I’m just getting warmed up, just look forward to it.”
If his description of Trouble Man sounds a little aggressive (especially if you consider his past weapons charges), Tip is making a deliberate return to the brand of music that made him a household rap name. In a January interview with MTV news, the Grand Hustle CEO said the album would contain a good amount of “intellectual ignorance.” When he appeared on “RapFix Live” in May, he said it would be more aggressive than his 2008 LP Paper Trail, the album that came out after he caught his weapon charges.
“So the biggest difference in the man that I am today and the man that I was then, I guess musically, it’s gonna be more aggressive than Paper Trail,” he told host Sway Calloway.
Already, Tip has dropped the rock-tinged “I’m Flexin’ ” and the Pharrell-assisted “Hear Ye, Hear Ye.” Whether those two tracks will make the final cut remains to be seen. As of right now, the more female-friendly “Love This Life” is being touted as Trouble Man‘s first single, but we’re pretty sure fans can expect some pretty gritty material from the King of the South.