XXL has published an interview with T.I. that presents the Atlanta rapper’s commentary in regards to his five biggest hit songs. 

In the piece published today (November 10), T.I. breaks down the songs “Rubber Band Man,” “Whatever You Like,” “Swagga Like Us,” “Live Your Life,” and “No Mediocre”

“All I fuck Is bad bitches, I don’t want no mediocre, Don’t want no mediocre, I don’t want no mediocre,no,” T.I. raps on the hook to his RIAA-certified Gold collaboration with Iggy Azalea, “No Mediocre.”

The record was released with his latest album, Paperwork.

“I wanted one of those records that wasn’t really really serious and a whole lot of thought-provoking messages behind it, “ T.I. says in the XXL interview. “I just wanted it to be something that women could dance to, that could be a club record, just get on the radio for urban as well as rhythmic, and something that didn’t require a lot of thought, you know what I’m saying? A fun record. “

T.I. broke though to mainstream success with his first Billboard Top 40 hit, “Rubber Band Man,” which was featured on his 2003 album, Trap Muzik.

“Rubber band man, wild as the Taliban,” T.I. raps in the song’s hook. “Nine in my right, 45 in the other hand. Call me trouble man, always in trouble man, worth a couple hundred grand, Chevys all colors man.”

Despite the song peaking at #30 on the charts, Clifford “T.I.” Harris said that success was followed by federal investigations.

“I was pleasantly surprised with the magnitude of the reception of “Rubber Band Man” when it first came out,” T.I. says. “But I was not able to really bask in the glory of that because the night we were shooting that video my house got raided. [Laughs] And I then, you know what I’m sayin’, had a journey of, I guess, legalities in order to get myself back to the point where I could release my next record.”


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