"You just back up, let a pimp pass through, you dig?" Some unreleased music from [url id="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/t_i_/artist.jhtml"]T.I.[/url] appears on a mixtape that just hit to the streets. DJ MLK put out A Year and a Day (referring, of course, to Tip's current prison sentence) over the weekend, and the mixtape features Tip with cameos from Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Kanye West, among others.
First up on the tape is "Remember Me" with Mary J. Blige.
That song has been out for a couple of weeks. It's the lead cut from the re-release of Tip's latest album, which will be called Paper Trail: Case Closed and is slated for release in the late summer or early fall. Then MLK presents a record called "Hell of Life," which is slated for the re-release as well.
"Selling out arenas, chasing a--es like Serena's/ Man, Shorty lived a hell of a life," the chorus goes.
"Why I need a credit card?" Tip raps in his verse. "What you think this cash for?/ Hit the dealership and give them every dime he ask for/ Just so I can see 260 on the dashboard."
Chris Brown is featured on a snippet of a song called "Leaving With Me." He reportedly recorded his contribution to the song before his alleged altercation with Rihanna earlier this year.
"You're leaving with me," Brown sings. "But I know you got a man, though/ And you know I got a girl, so/ Let's get up out the club/ Don't none of that matter tonight/ You're leaving with me/ Valet, grab the Benzo/ Girl, please let your friends know, don't none of that matter tonight."
Tip comes in on the record and insists to a lady he's going to make her cut her boyfriend — at least for the next few hours — and get with him.
"Got a man, well he ain't tonight," T.I. raps. " Something tells me he ain't laying it right ... You been with those suckas too long, time for a promotion ... Just imagine, me and you in a moment of passion/ Overlooking the city on a circular mattress."
Finally, MLK dipped in the stash and came out with the original version of "On Top of the World," a different version of the song that appears on the original release of Paper Trail. The version on the mixtape features Kanye West (West's verse was scrapped from the album because he would later record and appear on "Swagga Like Us"), and, according to a rep for T.I.'s label, will not appear on the Paper Trail re-release. Hip-hop fans will definitely recognize Ye's verse because he has since used most of it for the Clipse's "Kinda Like a Big Deal."
"Fire marshals said I took it to the max like T.J.," Kanye raps. "I guess I'm like that black marshal, meets Jay."
T.I. recently told MTV News that his next album will be more of a "celebration, putting [his recent prison-related troubles] behind me and moving forward." That album is scheduled for a 2010 release.