Review Roundup: T.I. – ‘Paper Trail’

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T.I.’s sixth studio album Paper Trail arrives in stores and online today. Find out what the critics are saying…

Entertainment Weekly: Despite his often earnest lyrics, the radio-friendly party anthems, flirty come-ons, collaborations with A-list pals (Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Justin Timberlake), and outstanding production prove this beleaguered bad boy still knows how to have a good time. B+

Rolling Stone: On Paper Trail, T.I. mostly dispenses with the Tupac-wannabe gangsta-confessor pretensions to deliver catchy, tight, bombastic pop-rap alongside a who’s-who of megastar guests (Rihanna, Usher, Lil Wayne).
3 out of 5

USA Today: He takes a defiant stand on “No Matter What,” turns on the charm on “Whatever You Like,” and is at ease with fellow heavyweights Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Kanye West on “Swagga Like Us.” Longtime rival Ludacris joins him “On Top of the World,” burying the hatchet and reminiscing about their respective scrabbles out of poverty. 3 1/2 out of 5

Newsday: His poppier songs are generally smooth and charming—amplified by such guests as John Legend on the laid-back, soulful “Slide Show” or Rihanna on the danceable, esteem-building “Live Your Life,” a rare surefire smash in these uncertain economic times—and his crime-oriented songs sound relentless and nearly punishing. B

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “Live Your Life,” “My Life Your Entertainment,” “Swagga Like Us,” “Dead and Gone”

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9 Comments

  1. Giselle

    This is one of his best albums.

  2. graicen

    reviews seem luke warm. was expecting them to rate it higher

  3. Catie

    I am without a doubt buying this album. Every single song that i have heard prior to the release was impressive.

  4. Diamondaire

    T.I new albulm is a 10.never really would recommend buying a t-pain albulm but this one is great.

  5. Knowledgable

    AGREED! This album is a 10 and if you like TI at all, you will LOVE this album. I’m trying to decide if I like it most of ALL his six albums.

  6. tommie

    This album is a classic…Who ever rating this album low or jus average dont know great music.

  7. TL

    Classic…

  8. fashionicon08

    LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!

  9. Hu$tla

    GREAT ALBUM 10 for sure its the best thing I\’ve heard from him in a while he really put the work in. its worth buying you wont be disappointed.IM ILLY!!!!