With T.I.’s new album Paperwork released yesterday (October 21), Drumma Boy sat down with HipHopDX recently and explained how a song on the album’s unofficial predecessor Paper Trail had to be rewritten for legal reasons stemming from his 2007 arrest for gun possession.
Drumma Boy detailed how the song “Ready For Whatever,” which finds T.I. addressing his attempts to purchase a set of illegal weapons, was rewritten at the behest of the rapper’s lawyers.
“The first song that he recorded was ‘Ready For Whatever’ and he had to change the lyrics up on that song about 25 times because the lawyers were just so strict about how he was telling that particular story,” Drumma Boy says in a clip that premiered as a part of today’s DX Daily (October 22). “The first version was just all out telling you everything and then he had to kind of decode, and then he had to decode again. He had to proofread. They made him edit that song about 25 times. But just the finished results of ‘Ready For Whatever,’ if you go back and listen to it, you really see how he was feeling. You really start to understand what he was going through and why he would have so many pistols. In a life like that, having that much money, and feeling like you gotta protect your family. What else you gonna do?”