(T.I. Celebrating The ’Success Of Recent History’)
By Dionne Buxton
T.I. has had fans on the edge of their seats for a minute, waiting for news on his upcoming album, but wait no more—The King has spoken and his eighth LP will be titled Trouble Man. Tip told Billboard that after his release from prison he was caught between two album titles, and although many of his supporters thought he would choose the first and obvious choice—Kill The King—he went with a name inspired by Marvin Gaye’s 1972 soundtrack album.
“The first of two album titles I’m debating is Kill The King because in all that I’ve gone through I’ve observed how people respond to my circumstances, and I always wonder ‘Why ya’ll coming at me like this?’ But I thought, ‘How do you expect them to act?’” T.I. explained. “Life is a game of chess and the object is to kill the king. If you anoint yourself king, you have made yourself a target. The second one is self-explanatory– Trouble.”
During the interview, Tip also admitted that this CD is “out of his element.” “This is the first project where I’m talking about things that I’ve experienced before that I’m not necessarily experiencing now cause I’m not doing a whole lot of partying,” he said. “I do a little bit but not alot… nothing like when I was in that life.”
The southern rapper has already dropped two tracks from Trouble Man: “I’m Flexin” the high energy banger that he performed first at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, and “Hear Ye’ Hear Ye,’” his duo with phenom producer Pharrell Williams.
His next single, which could drop as early as this week, will be the club hit “Pyro.” “I have this one record [titled] ‘Pyro’ that I’m proud of,” T.I. said. “‘Pyro’ is a straight party record. It’s nostalgic of those crazy nights, early mornings [but] just turned up.” “Flexin” “Hear Ye Hear Ye,” and “Pyro” are only three of the 45 songs that Tip said he has in his vault.