By Eric Diep. T.I. is changing things up for his forthcoming album. Originally set as a follow-up to his 2012 LP called Trouble Man II: He Who Wears The Crown, Tip is postponing that idea entirely for a new one. This year, the Hustle Gang leader plans on releasing Paperwork: The Motion Picture that will be an entire theatrical experience for listeners. Since getting into the studio with executive producer Pharrell, the progress is coming along nicely.
“I tell Pharrell and the rest of the gang over here, we set the bar extremely high,” he tells XXL. “And we are incredibly hard on ourselves in what should and what should not be accepted.” The Atlanta-bred rapper says he’s focused on creating a soundtrack to his lifestyle, while incorporating different textures for his ninth studio LP. He emphasizes names like Kanye West, Drake and J. Cole who have allowed storytelling to hold more importance and meaning in hip-hop. On this album, T.I. is moving in another creative direction, one that’ll take contemporary trends to showcase his versatility as an MC who came from the bottom.
“People forgot how fun gangster shit is. People forgot how exciting it is to really live on the dangerous side of life,” he says. “Just people forgot the feeling that you got when [you] watched Boyz In The Hood for the first time. Or when you heard All Eyez On Me for the first time. Right now, music is going in a different direction and it is in a different place. I salute and celebrate that path as well. However, there’s a place for the story that needs to be told from our perspective.”
T.I. has already been in the studio with the likes of Jeezy and Busta Rhymes. To keep the legacy of the late Doe B alive, he says they have several records together, but whether they’ll appear on his album is still undecided. In the meantime, Tip is particularly excited about reuniting once again with Justin Timberlake. “DJ Toomp did a record. Actually, it’s a Justin Timberlake collaboration called “Trap Me Up,” he says. “It’s an awesome record JT blessed me with.”
He adds about his sessions with Pharrell: “Also, me and Pharrell have a plethora [of songs]. We probably done recorded 14 records. Pharrell and I alone. Words couldn’t even begin to describe how cutting-edge, left-field and just how broad these records are. But they still have that texture that I speak of. They still have that Curtis Mayfield, Bobby Womack, a ridin’ dirty kind of … but a new way to present it to the world because it has that thing that Pharrell does to music that sets it apart from any and everything else that’s being played. And of course I had to give it the pulse of what I know. It’s incredible work. I did incredible work with Keno. I did incredible work with Sham [“Sak Pase” Joseph]. I have B.o.B did a record for me. It’s awesome.”
Paperwork is shaping up to be his best work yet. Although he hasn’t set a release date, the Kang is confident that the music will bring something completely refreshing. “We are just working. We are gonna continue to keep working until we get it right and challenge ourselves and raise the bar of excellence,” T.I. says. “Just push ourselves past our limitations as much as we possibly can.”
T.I. sat down with DJ Whoo Kid to talk about his new album where he revealed that the two year old tune ‘Trap Nigga Hustle‘ will be on his new album ‘Paper Work‘, check out the whole Interview below, thanks to Rene.
T.I. – Trap Nigga Hustle feat. Pharrell (Live) (12′)
T.I. – G-Shit feat. Pharrell & Young Jeezy (Snippet) (13′)
By Rob Markman. Rapper tells ‘RapFix Live‘ that his next LP is ‘taking a new shape’… one that calls for a new name. T.I. has a brand-new record deal and brand-new ideas for his ninth solo LP. Originally Tip had planned to drop Trouble Man II: He Who Wears The Crown, a follow-up to his 2012 LP, but since getting into the studio with the album’s executive producer, Pharrell Williams, he’s had a change of heart. “Since we started working on the project and the project started has taken a different shape, I think we’re going to postpone that title,” T.I. said when he appeared on “RapFix Live.” “We’re gonna rework that. I got a couple of things in mind.” Since 2003 T.I. has been releasing top-selling albums through Atlantic Records. His sophomore LP Trap Muzik was the first with the label and has dropped unforgettable projects like Urban Legend and 2006’s #1 Billboard release, King.
After releasing Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head in December 2012, T.I. became a free agent and announced that he would release his next album through Columbia Records. “All I’ma say is, it’s gonna be a motion picture, it’s gonna be a theatrical-worthy title. Something that will definitely seem instant classic,” he said in a very assuring tone. “I’m thinking something like Trap Champion, Paperwork, but whatever it is the subtitle will be The Motion Picture.” T.I. hasn’t scrapped Trouble Man II altogether, he’s just ready to move in a different direction. “I still have that album, that album isn’t lost, I have that project as well. But the music that we began to create– Pharrell, myself–so many others that have contributed between the time of then and now that the project is just taking a new shape,” he said.
Looks like a record label offered T.I. the type of money he was looking for to secure his services. Columbia Records has signed the Kang, bringing the Atlanta native into the Sony Music fold. “We’re very excited to welcome T.I. to the Columbia family. With his massive US success and career history, we are going to make him an even bigger superstar on a global level.” – Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO Columbia Records”
“I’m honored to be partners with such a successful, passionate and creative conglomerate like Columbia Records, who respects and supports the vision of their artist and partners. Nothing but love, respect & appreciation for Doug Morris, Rob Stringer and the entire staff. Also, a special thank you to my big bruh, Sk8board P, for always believing in me and also executive producing my upcoming project.”– T.I. “We’re excited to be in business with Columbia Records and it’s team of leadership. I’m now looking forward to spreading our music on a global level.”– Jason Geter, Grand Hustle.
Tip left his longtime label home, Atlantic Records, earlier this year. A press statement reveals that T.I. and his Grand Hustle label have entered into a “partnership” with Columbia. A number of Grand Hustle artists, including B.o.B., whose new album is due out in December, are still signed to Atlantic. T.I.‘s new album, Trouble Man: He Who Wears The Crown, is due out early 2014 and will be released on Grand Hustle/Columbia.
By Roman Cooper. The 2013 Soul Train Awards took place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday (November 8). The awards show is meant to honor some of music’s most soulful artists, and Hip Hop was well-represented at the event. One of the top awards, “Album Of The Year,” went to Kendrick Lamar for his studio debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city. In addition to earning a platinum plaque, good kid earned Kendrick the “Album Of The Year” award at the BET Hip Hop Awards, a nomination for “Top Rap Album” at the Billboard Music Awards, and numerous other award nominations.
Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. earned the “Song Of The Year” award for Thicke’s smash single “Blurred Lines,” which broke the record for the highest radio audience ever. The track did cause some controversy, as Thicke sued Marvin Gaye’s family over lawsuit threats stemming from the song. Also among the winners were Miguel and Tamar Braxton, who took home the Best R&B/Soul Male and Female Artist awards. To catch the rest of the awards, tune into the 2013 Soul Train Awards, which will air Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 9:00 PM EST on BET and CENTRIC.
Performances at the event included Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, T.I., Warren G, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, and Big Daddy Kane. The awards show “bridges the gap between the soulful sounds of yesterday and today; acting as a hybrid of a traditional show with an ‘honors’ show format,” said BET in a press release. “Showcasing the evolution of Soul Train’s impact on musical history from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today, the new Soul Train Awards is all about the melodic marriage of music and dance.” “Soul Train” is the longest running first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history, and featured such soul staples as Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, and more.
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