Following some delays, T.I. has finally released his Hustle Gang’s first album, We Want Smoke. Although the collective dropped some projects in the past, this is being billed as their studio debut.
T.I.’s presence looms largely on the album, appearing on 13 of the 17 tracks. Young Thug, Trae Tha Truth, B.o.B and Young Dro are some of the other high-profile artists involved. RaRa, Tokyo Jetz and Translee are just a few of the lesser known rappers who get a chance to make an impression on the LP.
View the stream, cover art and tracklist for Hustle Gang’s We Want Smoke below.
(This article has been updated. It was last revised on October 1, 2017.)
T.I.’s Hustle Gang was expected to release its first studio album last month, but it never came to be. The delay won’t be too long though as the collective is now set to drop their debut, We Want Smoke, on October 13. With the release date quickly approaching, T.I. got into promo mode by sharing the cover art and tracklist for the LP.
The crew’s upcoming album features 13 tracks with a mix of established Hip Hop artists and some still making headway in their careers. Young Thug, Trae Tha Truth, Young Dro, B.o.B and of course T.I. represent the biggest names appearing on the album. Other notable contributors include RaRa, Translee, London Jae and Tokyo Jetz.
View the cover art and tracklist for Hustle Gang’s We Want Smoke below.
1. Want Smoke f. London Jae, Yung Booke, Young Dro & T.I.
2. Friends f. T.I., RaRa, Brandon Rossi, Tokyo Jetz, Trae Tha Truth & Young Dro
3. Game 7 f. T.I., Brandon Rossi & RaRa
4. That Bag f. Young Thug, T.I., Young Dro & Trev Case
5. Trappin On Forgis f. T.I., Lex, Trae Tha Truth & London Jae
6. Go Off f. B.o.B, T.I., Yung Booke, Tokyo Jetz, Trae Tha Truth & Young Dro
7. So High f. Peanut da Don, London Jae, Young Dro & T.I.
8. Gateway f. Translee, Yung Booke, Tokyo Jetz & Ink
9. My Block f. T.I., London Jae, Young Dro, B.o.B & 5ive Mics
10. Do No Wrong f. GFMBRYYCE, Young Dro & T.I.
11. Still Young f. B.o.B, Translee & T.I.
12. Talk My Shit f. Peanut da Don, Trae Tha Truth & Young Dro
13. Who Gone Check Me f. GFMBRYYCE, Translee, Yung Booke, Young Dro & T.I.
14. Sometimes f. T.I. & Young Dro
15. Weight f. Translee, Trae tha Truth, Tokyo Jetz, Kim Minnis & Young Dro
16. Roll the Dice f. RaRa, GFMBRYYCE, Translee & Brandon Rossi
17. Trenches Reloaded f. Peanut da Don & T.I.)
(The original version of this article was published on July 31, 2017 and can found below.)
Unlike some of the other rapper turned label execs in his weight class, T.I. a.k.a. the “King of the South” had yet to capitalize on his roster in the form of a retail group release — à la Young Money — giving more juice to the brand.
That is, until now.
The southern rap icon just announced We Want Smoke, the first collective effort from Hustle Gang, featuring the entirety of the Grand Hustle roster. Though the individual acts have released features from fellow label mates, this will be their first time forming like Voltron for one project.
Fresh off the first Hustle Gang tour, the project will give fans the opportunity to get acquainted with some of the less recognizable talent currently bubbling under the Grand Hustle flag. A few examples are producer-turned-artist Brandon Rossi, and GFMBRYYCE, whose video for the record “Do No Wrong,” featuring T.I. and Young Dro, premiered on WorldStarHipHop last week (July 28).
The project is also set to feature the crew’s First Lady, Tokyo Jetz, who also has a debut album dropping August 2nd. Roster acts Young Booke, RaRa, Translee, and London Jae will also make appearances, as well as heavy-hitters like Young Dro, B.o.B and the new VP of Grand Hustle, legendary Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth.
T.I.’s last release, Us or Else: Letter to the System ranked in at numero once on HipHopDX’s 20 Best Rap Albums Of 2016. Additionally, his Grand Hustle label has collectively earned five gold certifications, six platinum certifications — and three double-platinum certifications. Time will tell if We Want Smoke will translate to more precious metal on Tip’s wall.
We Want Smoke will be available everywhere commercially on September 15th, 2017.