The song has an unexpectedly laid back and folksy vibe with Pharrell handling production and the hook. They produced the entire album together and "cinematic" is one of the words that's been used to describe it.
“'Paperwork’ featuring Pharrell pretty much sums up the tone of the album,” Tip told MTV News recently. “The cinematic presence of it all. When you listen to the album, top to bottom, it kinda sounds like the score to a movie and I think ‘Paperwork’ is the perfect introduction to that.”
Hear T.I. explain how he and Pharrell put together Paperwork in the video below.