T.I. shares his tale of hustling on the title track off his upcoming album Paperwork. The Grand Hustle chief reminisces about learning the ropes from his Uncle Quentin and dealing drugs at age 17, while Pharrell provides the soulful hook and production.
“[It] pretty much kinda sums up the tone of the album,” Tip told MTV News of the track. “The cinematic presentation 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.”
Paperwork drops October 21 featuring Usher, Chris Brown, Jeezy, Boosie, The-Dream, Rick Ross, and Pharrell, who also serves as the album’s executive producer.
The Game unites with Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Soulja Boy, and T.I. for “Really,” one of many collaborations off his upcoming album Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf. But it’s Game himself who bodies the beat with his vicious verse.
“Don’t fuck with Kendrick, don’t fuck with Problem, don’t fuck with YG, I’m Mr. Miyagi,” warns the Compton spitter on the ominous track, produced by The Mekanics and OZ.
Other guests on the album include Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, French Montana, Tyga, and Bobby Shmurda. Production comes courtesy of Boi-1da, DJ Mustard, Jordan Mosley, SAP, Nottz, Amadeus, League of Starz, and more.
You can preview all 18 tracks and pre-order the album on iTunes before it drops on October 14.
Hail to the chief. Before he drops his album Paperwork next month, T.I. warms up with his G.D.O.D. 2 mixtape. The Hustle Gang boss reassembles his squad on the sequel to last year’s Get Dough or Die.
In addition to B.o.B, Travi$ Scott, Trae Tha Truth, Young Dro, and the late Doe B, guests include Trey Songz, Meek Mill, Troy Ave, Yo Gotti, Rich Homie Quan, and more. Iggy Azalea was set to appear on a track called “We Go Hard,” but it didn’t make the final cut.
Earlier tonight, Iggy brought out Tip to perform “No Mediocre” at the 2014 Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta.
On October 21, T.I. returns. The King holds court with some of the biggest names in music on his ninth album Paperwork: The Motion Picture.
Executive produced by Pharrell Williams, the follow-up to 2012′s Trouble Man features the Iggy Azalea-assisted hit “No Mediocre” and “About the Money” with Young Thug.
Other guests populating the 18-track deluxe edition include Usher, Chris Brown, Jeezy, Boosie Badazz, The-Dream, and Rick Ross. Tip pays tribute to his late friend Doe B on “Light ‘Em Up” and addresses the Michael Brown shooting on the powerful “New National Anthem” featuring Skylar Grey.
Paperwork marks the first album in a trilogy. “The sound sonically of this one is soulful, musical, kinda like [OutKast's] Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik or Aquemini or [Jay Z's] Blueprint,” T.I. told MTV News. “It just has an incredible amount of soul and a perfect hybrid between the ahead-of-the-curve, new-school sound and the classic, nostalgic, soulful sound of yesteryear.”
Just days after remixing Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” T.I. takes on Nico & Vinz’s top 5 hit “Am I Wrong” for DJ MLK’s upcoming mixtape Clubs, Studios, Airports. On his personal verse, Hustle Gang’s commander-in-chief sips tea with Kermit and fires back at Floyd Mayweather Jr. after he tried to get at his wife Tiny.
“Sucka, if I got a woman and you touch her / She’s supposed to stay with you if you a bad mothafucka / She come back to me as far as I can see / You’re all she really needed to see where she wanna be,” he raps.
T.I. has unveiled the cover art for his ninth album Paperwork: The Motion Picture. Executive produced by Pharrell Williams, the follow-up to 2012′s Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head arrives October 21 via Grand Hustle/Columbia Records.
“The Wait Is Over!!!!! #PaperWork #10-21-14,” tweeted Tip.
In addition to the singles “About the Money” featuring Young Thug and the Iggy Azalea-assisted “No Mediocre,” the guest list includes Rick Ross, The-Dream, Lil Boosie, Jeezy, Trae Tha Truth, Nipsey Hussle, Problem, and Pharrell, who appears on the title track.
Earlier this month, he dropped the Skylar Grey-assisted “New National Anthem,” inspired by the Michael Brown shooting.
Paperwork marks the first album in a trilogy. “The sound sonically of this one is soulful, musical, kinda like [OutKast's] Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik or Aquemini or [Jay Z's] Blueprint,” Tip told MTV News. “It just has an incredible amount of soul and a perfect hybrid between the ahead-of-the-curve, new-school sound and the classic, nostalgic, soulful sound of yesteryear.”
He is still putting finishing touches on the album and was most recently in the studio with Usher. Check out a photo from their session below.