T.I.

Aug
27
Album Cover: T.I. – ‘Paperwork’

PaperWork

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.

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Aug
20
New Music: T.I. f/ Skylar Grey – ‘New National Anthem’

New National Anthem

T.I. shows his stars and stripes on “New National Anthem” featuring Skylar Grey. In the wake of the Mike Brown shooting, Tip speaks out on the racism and injustice in America.

“I know radio probably ain’t gon’ play this,” he says at the beginning of the song.

Skylar provides the powerful hook: “Home of the brave and the free / Free just to murder me / Land of the beautiful, cursed by the hate we throw / Is this the new national anthem?”

Pledge your allegiance.

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Aug
19
New Music: B.o.B – ‘New Black’

New Black

Following his controversial comments earlier in the week, B.o.B speaks out on the Michael Brown shooting on “New Black.” On the powerful self-produced track, Bobby Ray prays for an end to the injustice and calls on his community to bring about change.

“I’m just on some black mob shit / The best way to protest is hit ‘em where it hurts, their pockets / It’s time to boycott shit,” he declares.

He ends his song with a sermon. “We gotta stop saying the same things and just do something different,” adds B.o.B. “All this energy that we’re putting into protesting, we should put it into our community, put it into starting businesses, put it into your kids.”

His Hustle Gang boss T.I. has also penned a thought-provoking letter in response to the unrest in Ferguson.

Hear both rappers take a stand.

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Aug
15
T.I. Readies ‘Paperwork’ Single with Pharrell

T.I. and Pharrell

T.I. is getting his Paperwork in order. The King of the South has tapped Pharrell Williams for the next single off his upcoming album.

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Aug
8
New Music: T.I. – ‘Hot Ni**a (Remix)’

T.I.

Locked and loaded. Fresh off his “Tonight Show” performance with Young Thug, T.I. adds some hot bars to Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Nigga,” which has already been remixed by Juicy J, Lil’ Kim, and French Montana.

Over the sound of gunshots and alarms, the King boasts about his artillery and shouts out Meek Mill.

In addition to his own album Paperwork, Tip plans to drop a Hustle Gang mixtape.

Listen to him blast off.

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Aug
8
T.I. and Young Thug Perform on ‘Fallon’

Young Thug and T.I.

The King continued his Paperwork promo tour with a stop on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday. With some help from The Roots, the Hustle Gang chief performed his DJ Mustard-produced single “No Mediocre” and brought out Young Thug for “About the Money.”

During his sit-down with Jimmy, he discussed his family of hustlers and was gifted a bottle of wine. But when Will Arnett, who originally gave Jimmy the wine, found out, he took it back and gave it to T.I.

“You’re a gentleman and a scholar, sir,” Tip told Will before telling Jimmy, “I thought you was a sincere dude. … You done pissed me off.”

Watch them beef over the regifted wine.

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Aug
6
T.I. Sips Tea with Kermit the Frog

T.I. and Kermit the Frog

T.I. sipped tea with Kermit the Frog and spilled the tea with the ladies of “The View” on Wednesday. With a cup of Lipton in hand, the Hustle Gang chief debuted a live reenactment of the meme phenomenon.

“Summa y’all #mediocres more worried bout my goings on than u is about ya own,” he wrote. “But that ain’t none of my business so…..I’ll just #SipTeaForKermit #ifitaintaboutdamoney #2sugarsplease.”

During his chat with Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, and Sherri Shepherd, he discussed working with executive producer Pharrell on his ninth album Paperwork, due next month.

“It’s different for me just as far as the sound that people have grown to know and love from T.I.,” said Tip. “We kinda merged it with the new, next level, ahead-of-the-curve sound of Pharrell Williams.”

He also brushed off rumors of “trouble in paradise” in his marriage. “Trouble is inevitable, but as long as the word paradise is still there,” he said.

After he’s done with music, he plans to focus his efforts on acting full-time. “I have a number of albums in mind that I think I may have still to offer the industry and then I’ll pull back and apply my efforts and energy to other areas of entertainment,” said Tip, who stars alongside Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in Get Hard.

Watch the King spill the tea.

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