Atlanta rapper T.I.’s eighth studio album, Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, may have finally been released this past Tuesday (December 18), but according to the Grand Hustle artist a tremendous amount of work went into the album. So much so that the 16 records featured on the project were narrowed down from a little under 130 songs.
While appearing on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club this morning (December 20), T.I. spoke on what the recording process was like for Trouble Man and when he decided it was time to stop recording and start narrowing down records.
“This one I didn’t pick a date. I just worked,” T.I. revealed in a video posted on RapRadar.com. “I just worked and worked until finally after about 110 songs everybody looked around and said ‘Aye listen man, for real, we got it. We just need to figure out what to put out.’ But I just kept recording and kept recording and kept recording…So at that point when my partners around me who know me best and know when I’m pushing myself and they can see what I’m trying to find, that place of excellence in my own creative spirit, when they see that and they ‘Alright cuz, now listen. Let’s focus on how we gon’ roll this out.’”
The Trouble Man emcee also spoke on the much talked about “Addresses” and revealed that now that the song’s out and he’s addressed everything he had to, he’s now focused on being humble. He even went on to salute a number of Atlanta artists including Trinidad James, Young Jeezy, and Gucci Mane.
“So now that’s where I’m at today. That’s where I’m at right now today,” said T.I. “It’s time for me to have this humble spirit. I done said everything it is to be said and now it’s time for me to kick back and just be humble. Salute those who deserve it. Salute Trinidad James on his accomplishments and what he has to contribute to the game. Salute 2 Chainz. Salute Future. Salute Rocko. Salute Jeezy. Salute Gucci. Salute all who have assisted us and salute all who maybe not know it, but should be assisting us because it’ll be better for everybody.”