News: T.I. Recruits DJ Toomp For Post-Prison LP, "Right Now He's Just Putting A Feeler Out In The Streets"
Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 11:00AM
Grand Hustle associate DJ Toomp has reportedly been recruited to help produce on T.I.'s forthcoming untitled album.
According to Toomp, the solo project will likely feature re-mastered tracks dating back to 2007.
"I got two or three strong ones on [the album] right now," said Toomp. "Right now he's just putting a feeler out in the streets, letting people know he's back. He got songs from the last two albums that didn't make the album but were hot songs. So sometimes we go back and pull songs from 2007 and upgrade it a little bit. After we do a certain amount of songs, that's when we figure out the whole theme of the album." (VIBE)
Grand Hustle's B.o.B. also said he has a collaboration locked for T.I.'s new album.
T.I. announced his return to music this week with the street single "I'm Back."Now his Grand Hustle affiliate B.o.B reveals another new track that may appear on the King of the South's first album since serving time behind bars. B.o.B aka Bobby Ray has heard material from his label chief's new project and is actually featured on one record titled "Dream Me Up" produced by Cut the Check. "Me and T.I. have a song that can potentially go on his album," he tells Rap-Up.com. "I think it'll definitely be a smash." (Rap-Up)
Earlier this week, T.I. confirmed plans to drop a new album in the summer.
"I really do appreciate the support and how hard y'all was going in during the brief hiatus," T.I. said during a conference all. "The support don't go unnoticed and I don't take it lightly. This marks a special day for us, because we putting out the first song off the album, not an official first single, just something to keep the streets warm. It's properly entitled 'I'm Back.' It's a lot of things that needed to be spoken on, you know. In my absence, it was a lot of things that went down, a lot of matters that needed to be addressed and this was the greatest platform for me to do it...Album drops August 24th, title? I got one but I ain't gonna say it yet. It was the first song I did when I came home. You get me fresh out the box going in. I'm sure you guys will enjoy it...Middle of April, beginning of May. Y'all gonna start seeing me. Y'all already know, once again it's on. Like we always do this time." (Rap Radar)
Producer Swizz Beatz is reportedly ready to lend his hand and help produce.
"[T.I.], that's the homie. I don't have nothing for him yet. His mind and his thought pattern before he went [to jail] is gonna be different from when he gets out. That man has been in the penitentiary at a time that was the height of his career -- he might come out and not wanna use curses no more. He might come out and use more curses. I don't know. I can't create the sound for Tip that's based on 'Swing Ya Rag' and 'Bring Em Out' and all these things we've done unless it's his plan. He's gotta come out, [I] sit down with him, chill how we chill. I gotta do a couple ofrecords with him. I can't be the first thing coming out." (MTV)
Check out T.I.'s "I'm Back" song down below: