T.I. recently began an 11-month stint in an Arkansas prison for parole violations. His problems with the law have left him with a fair share of critics, and "All She Wrote" takes a shot back at them. Witness the song's hook: "I don't really care what you call me, just as long as you don't call me broke/ I bet they knew as soon as they saw me, good night it's over with that's all she wrote/ Streets like cold Chicago, ain't nothing new, I seen it all before/ But still I ball like no tomorrow, good night it's over with that's all she wrote."
Of No Mercy, T.I. wrote on his website: "This album represents some of my best work inspired by my most recent best and worst life experiences ... I've been taking stock of myself and digesting everyone's comments and criticisms. Now it's my turn to express myself and take you into my mind."
The production on "All She Wrote" is a mellow affair, guitar strums over steady staccato 808s. It allows both artists adequate space to let their voices take center stage.
Speculatively, in the first verse, T.I. addresses former Grand Hustle member Alfamega, who the Smoking Gun revealed last year was a DEA informant. T.I. raps, "Others sworn under oath or vanished left completely scorned/ You tell lies, get cut n---a, kick rocks/ You never did blend in with the big shots."
Eminem's verses, however, deal more with the opposite sex: "I rather slip and fall in sh-- than fall in love with you/ Before I f---ing tie a knot, I'll tie you in one/ Bitch you think this is a Nintendo game, how f---ing dumb is you/ I'll give you some lumps before I split some lump sums with you."
No Mercy, T.I.'s seventh LP and first release since 2008's double-platinum Paper Trail, also will feature appearances from Kanye West, Chris Brown, The-Dream and Christina Aguilera. Production will be handled by Dr. Luke ("Magic," "Right Round"), Danja ("My Love," "Knock You Down") and Jim Jonsin ("Whatever You Like," "Lollipop"), among others.
T.I. and Eminem last officially collaborated on T.I.'s 2007 album T.I. vs. T.I.P. on the track "Touchdown."
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