News: T.I. Ready To Be Rap's Trouble Man, "I'm Talking Like Gutter, Gangsta, Intellectual Ignorance, Hardcore Stadium Sh*t"

Saturday, Jan 7, 2012 10:41AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper T.I. recently opened up about his upcoming Trouble Man solo album and gave fans a few hints at what type of records they can expect to hear.

Marking his latest studio album since 2010's No Mercy, Tip plans to bring a sense of gangsterism on the new records.

"The album is about 75 percent done. We got a lot of hot, old-school, vintage T.I. records on there," Tip said in an interview. "I'm talking like gutter, gangsta, intellectual ignorance, hard-core stadium sh--, but at the same time we got those over-the-top crossover records as well, big features and whatnot that we plan on putting into play. ... I got one with Akon, did a few records with Rico Love. Man, I got records with just about everybody. We just putting it together, we done did about 70 records. So now we're in the narrowing-down process. So we'll narrow them down, we'll do probably about 15 more." (MTV)

Recently, footage of T.I. and renowned producer Dr. Dre hitting the studio together landed online.

ATL meets LAX when T.I. links up with Dr. Dre in the studio in a new trailer for his mixtape F*ck da City Up, dropping on New Year's Day. Tip raps in the booth as the West Coast icon mans the boards in the black-and-white teaser. It's unconfirmed if the song playing in the background is their collaboration. Celebrate the new year with new music from T.I. "When da ball drop...We drop!!!! Out wit da old,in wit da TRUE!!!! Atown....Weeee Baaaaaack!!!!!" tweeted the King of the South. (Rap-Up)

Last month, Tip recalled the chart performance of 2010's No Mercy LP.

Being that Grand Hustle sent their franchise player the weekly Soundscan report, if it wasn't a sales success, dude was clueless. This navigates our surfing to a Trapmusik.com article that announced when T.I.'s last album No Mercy, which was released a month and some days after the rapper returned to Forrest City, was certified Gold. "I was shocked as sh*t," says Tip of the album which found success, despite his absence, with singles that featured Chris Brown and Eminem. "[But] then it was like 'D*mn, this is my worst selling album since [2001's] I'm Serious.' Then when I saw that I got up to six [hundred thousand copies sold] I was like 'D*mn I'm doing the same and more as motherf*ckers that's on fire out there. I'm talking acts that's all on the radio, got videos out, touring, I'm doing the same as them from in here. So then I started getting anxious. I felt like I gotta get out there and seal the deal." (VIBE)

In December 2010, Tip's LP pushed out over 100,000 copies during its opening week.

Leading the way this week is incarcerated rapper T.I.'s No Mercy which debuted at No. 4, behind Glee Cast's Music: XMas (193,400), Taylor Swift's Speak Now (200,900) and Susan Boyle's The Gift (243,200). According to Nielsen SoundScan, Tip's new album has shoveled out 159,700 records after one week in stores. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Check out some recent T.I. footage below:

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