T.I. Discusses "Trouble Man" Album, Possibility Of Collaboration With 50 Cent

T.I. speaks on his next project, as well as collaborating with 50 Cent.

As T.I. readies his next album Trouble Man, the Atlanta emcee spoke on the possibility of recording with another Rap juggernaut, 50 Cent, with ThisIs50.com.

"Hey man, whenever 50 ready, man," said T.I. of Fif, despite the fact that the Queens emcee suggested, on several occasions, that T.I. received light prison sentences because he snitched to police. "We just gotta find the right thing, because we so significant in our own right, to the cultures and the regions of people we represent. We gonna have to find something that speaks to those people."

"I'm trying to get it done by the end of the year, man," explained Tip. "I'm gonna do whatever it takes to make sure that when it comes out, it's gonna be classic."

T.I. also explained the difference between his mind state on this album and his last. "On No Mercy, I was apologizing for being Trouble Man. Right now, I'm embracing it."

"There's going to be some music on there that you gonna be like, 'Yo, this is the T.I. I fell in love with.'" 

Watch the interview below:

 

RELATED: T.I. Pushes Back "Trouble Man" Release Date

55 Comments

  • Anonymous

    C'mon Tip, 50 cent? the nigga should actually pay YOU for a feature...One needn't ever associate themselves with dimming stars, it makes your star dimmer simply by implied association...Plus the nigga always has some fly shit to say about you.....Don't do it playboy......

  • John Blaze 1

    Tip Harris is a nice wordsmith, however, he isn't top 10.

  • ...

    Im already on record around here as saying that Clifford T.I. Harris is one of Americas greatest songwriters. Im not just talking about hip-hop, eithereven if you add in all the other genres that people go all gaga over, T.I. strides this narrow world like a colossus. No one is smarter, no one constructs tighter songs, and no one has more ways to score. This is proven over and over again on King, T.I.s fourth album. By now, you might well have heard the menacing first single What You Know; this instant classic has been all over the place, with its interweaving layers of gothsynth and T.I.s laconic gangster drawl. Its stunning, a real cathedral of menacenot only is it the best track DJ Toomp has ever done, but it features a brilliantly exhausted performance by T.I., who just wants all the haters to shut up but doesnt want any boring drama: Yous a scary dude/ Believed by very few/ Just keep it very cool/ Or we will bury you/ See, all your attitudes/ Unnecessary, dude. But this song, as iconic and huge as it is, is not the real early highlight of the album. That would be the next song, the Just Blaze-produced Im Talkin to You. The subject matter is not necessarily originalcalling out fake rappers, ho humbut the way T.I. goes about it is original in two ways. First, he gets specific about who hes NOT talking about (all his friends and associates), with the implication being that everyone else is suspect; secondly, about halfway through, he upshifts from standard modern Southern rap parlance to a double-time workout that seems to nod to both Twista and old Miami booty bass. This latter stylistic twist is a good old-fashioned showoff gauntlet-throw, and it becomes the heart of the record. But there is a lot of heart here to go around. T.I.s greatest stylistic weapon is the sincerity he projects in every song, whether hes lamenting the pain of losing friends and family to violence (the heartbreaking Live in the Sky with Jamie Foxx doing a lovely gospel vocal), flirting with all the ladies over squiggly Germanic techno-beats (Stand Up Guy) and Todd Rundgren samples (Hello), or inviting listeners to visit tough-ass neighborhoods in Atlanta to see the other America (Ride Wit Me). He sees a lot of different sides to every issue, and sounds as comfortable rhyming with ultra-thugs UGK on Front Back as he does with conscious-rap cover dude Common on Goodlife. Not every track here has some kind of wild new never-been-heard-before beat. This has some Internet beat nerds up in arms, but who cares what they think? Keith Macks track for Told You So is a low-key reggae-influenced slog, but the song still works because of the laser-point lyrical attack, which is carefully composed from beginning to end even though it sounds like its freestyled. This is a tricky thing even when the beat is all shiny; Swizz Beatz track for Get It sounds just like a Rich Harrison jam, all huge drum loops and brass stabs, but T.I. picks a syncopated lyrical rhythm that lets him ride right through the busy track in high style: Got that guacamole/ Holy moly/ You dont know me/ See, me clean as I wanna be/ What thee nigga wanna be/ Shots so bright I cant see niggaz standin right in front of me/ These niggaz dont want none of me/ This rappin shit is fun to me. Uh, word. T.I. is the whole package: gritty, smooth, smart, dangerous, introspective, and wise. And while its pretty early in 2006 to talk about albums of the year, this record says its time to start talking.

  • Anonymous

    2 snitches wanna make a song

  • Anonymous

    the moment artists try to recapture old magic is the moment they fall off

  • Anonymous

    Trouble Man better deliver!

  • Ja Rule

    What it do my niggerz, i am working with Dr Dre on Detox as we speak and he has promised a bail out. Miss you a lot sweethearts. Love is Pain

  • Na$ty

    50 cent is absolutely garbage now. Its legit mindblowing at how hard he fell off after ruling the game with his first 2 albums

  • myleage

    "and a wack ass mixtape.!!!!" wth is wit yall? that fuck the city up was on fire

  • Anonymous

    "gmoney: I'd much rather hear T.I. talk about all his experiences over the last few years and how he's grown than go back to making the same music he made a decade ago." ^ exactly but if he went back to "Trap Muzik" and had a news article with so much as a speeding ticket, these bloggers would be up in arms at the witch-hunt wanting a public hanging.

  • Anonymous

    SURE NICCA. BASICLY IT JUST MEANS HES A BEAST, ON THE MIC OR ANYTHING ELSE.

  • John Do

    Can someone please tell me what straight beasting means?

  • Anonymous

    T.I. STR8 BEASTIN ON THESE NICCAS

  • gmoney

    I'd much rather hear T.I. talk about all his experiences over the last few years and how he's grown than go back to making the same music he made a decade ago.

  • Anonymous

    FUCK THIS NIGGER! He's the most overrated rapper in the game. Waka Flocka Flame? BITCH NIGGER!! SHUT THE FUCK UP. The South killed Hip Hop. Dre ain't dropping Shit.

  • danny

    This is absolutely - as advertised on Radio Vibes FM www.vibesfm.de

  • Fuck Queens

    Let's create a movement on twitter #DontWorkWith50

  • yo

    YESSSSSS I BEEN WAITING ON THIS COLLAB FOR SO LONG!! TWO OF THE GOATS ON THE SAME TRACK. hip hop history tip and fif

  • Anonymous

    Ja is gonna be on Detox.

  • YEBO

    TIP PLEASE DON'T DO IT. YOU ARE ONE OF THE GREATEST RAPPERS OF ALL TIME, DON'T DO A SONG WITH THAT MONKEY ASS NIGGA FIFTY, WHO IS NOT ABLE TO GO PLATINUM, NEITHER GOLD IN 2012, HE WAS SO LUCKY TO MEET DR. DRE AND EMINEM, HE HAS NO TALENT AT ALL, MAYBE HE WAS RELEVANT AS A BUSINESSMAN FOR A WHILE BUT HE AIN'T GOT NOTHIN' ON TIP, JEEZY, WIZ, WAYNE, WAKA FLOCKA FLAME AND OTHER REAL ARTIST, NOT SOME NEW YORK CITY DUMBASS.

  • RJ

    dont do it tip. this irrelevant nigga 50 is a career killer.

    • Tony Yayo

      But you on another site talking about the kid, AND I BET you NOT getting paid hahaha who's really irrelevant? GGGGG-UNIT!

  • Is It Really True That Niggas Grew Up On Manhattan?

    Hope the shit sounds like Trap Muzik, cause otherwise, it's gonna be trash.

  • Fuck Bankhead AND Queens

    Great, now I hate this lil nigga.

    • Fuck You And Your City

      Fuck Queens??? Seriously?!?! I understand the Bankhead part, but Queens, c'mon son! What have we done to you?!

  • Anonymous

    Better be good ive been waiting over five years for a good tip album! Singles have been fire

  • Anonymous

    Cant wait for Trouble Man sounds Dope!

  • T.I. - Trouble Man

    1. John 16:33 (Intro) 2. Trouble Man (Produced by Big K.R.I.T.) 3. Guns and Roses (Produced by Noah "40" Shebib) 4. Part of Me (Produced by Jim Jonsin) 5. We Don't Get Down Like Y'all feat. B.o.B (Produced by B.o.B) 6. Wave Hello feat. Cee Lo Green (Produced by The Neptunes) 7. (Skit) 8. Soldier (Produced by Jim Jonsin) 9. I Promise feat. KiD CuDi (Produced by Hit-Boy) 10. Sorry feat. Andre 3000 (Produced by Mr. DJ, add. Andre 3000) 11. Wildside (Produced by Swizz Beatz) 12. Here Ye, Here Ye feat. Pharrell (Produced by The Neptunes) 13. Go Get It (Produced by T-Minus) 14. Ball feat. Lil Wayne (Produced by Boi-1da, add. Matthew Burnett) 15. Politics (Produced by The Neptunes) Bonus tracks: 16. I'm Flexin' feat. Big K.R.I.T. (Produced by Big K.R.I.T.) 17. Fight Music (Produced by DJ Toomp) 18. Love This Life (Produced by 1500 or Nothin')

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