T.I. is currently recording his upcoming album Trouble Man, with 45 songs in the can. During an interview with Billboard’s Juice, Tip revealed that he has a duet with Usher lined up for the project, tossing his name into the fold while listing his dream collaborations.
“I’d love to work with Ke$ha. I want to work with Cee-Lo, Bruno Mars. I’d love [to work wtih] Frank Ocean, Miguel. I like to work with a lot of different people that can provide a lot of different sounds,” he said. “Usher and I have been putting our heads together on how we can present that perfect collaboration between him and myself.”
Additionally, he explained that he wants to step outside of his comfort zone for the project, due in February 2012.
“A lot of times, I’m taking myself out of my element,” he said. “This is the first project where I’m talking about things that I’ve experienced before that I’m not necessarily experiencing now, ’cause I’m not doing a whole lot of partying. I do a little bit, but not a lot … nothing like when I was in that life.”
UPDATE: T.I. has revealed that his new album Trouble Man will release on September 4th, the day after the premiere of the second season of his VH1 reality show “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.” The news was broken during an interview on Hot 97 with Angie Martinez. Listen to the full interview below.