Exclusive: T.I.'s New Album Will Be More Mature, "People Don't Really Regard Southern Artists As Lyricists Or True Emcees"
Friday, Mar 9, 2012 5:20PM
With fans anxiously awaiting rap star T.I. to drop his eighth solo album, Trouble Man, later this year, SOHH recently chopped it up with contributing producer Sham "Sak Pase" Joseph to see what direction Tip is headed this time around.
Known for his his catchy radio anthems and trap records, Sak Pase said fans could expect a much more maturer Tip.
"I think what we want to do is transcend and introduce a musically mature T.I.," Sak Pase told SOHH. "I think he's accomplished a lot with the T.I. we already know him for. Obviously his new album will have the classic T.I. records where it may be a great female record but musically, I think it may not be time to try something different but kind of mature the music a little bit more plus add a bit more sophistication to who he already is. People don't really regard Southern artists as lyricists or true emcees or sophisticated. So I think he has an opportunity to do that now. He's done Trap Muzik which was very successful and I think now it's an opportunity to try something different. I want to be able to say that Tip is venturing out into different types of music and elements that could spark a different kind of light." (SOHH)
Last fall, Tip opened up on the forthcoming Grand Hustle solo release.
"I'm embracing it," T.I. tells me of the persona that is the title of his eighth studio album, "Trouble Man." A minute into the title track, before I could ask why, Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man" comes through the speakers of Atlanta's Darp Studio Inc and we both nod our heads in understanding. As Marvin smoothly croons of personal struggles, T.I. smiles and nods his head yes. ... "I have this one record [titled] 'Pyro' that I'm proud of," T.I. told Billboard.com's The Juice. "'Pyro' is a straight party record. It's nostalgic of those crazy nights, early mornings [but] just turned up." "Pyro" will come after the release of T.I.'s two singles, "I'm Flexin'," featuring Big K.R.I.T. and "Hear Ye' Hear Ye'," feat. Pharrell Williams. (The Juice)
In October, the "King of the South" revealed being split over two album titles.
"The first of two album titles I'm debating is Kill the King because in all that I've gone through I've observed how people respond to my circumstances, and I always wonder 'Why y'all coming at me like this?' But I thought, 'How do you expect them to act?'" he explains. "Life is a game of chess and the object is to kill the king. If you anoint yourself king, you have made yourself a target. The second one is self-explanatory - Trouble." Keen on reclaiming his Southern hip-hop crown, T.I. has little patience for skeptics who believe his star has dimmed. (Rolling Stone)
Recently, producer Cavie told SOHH about his involvement on Tip's comeback LP.
"I'm in the midst of working on my album right now. There's crazy features and eveything on it, but I've been taking my time to work on my album to make it a masterpiece and I'm taking a few songs and making mixtapes," Cavie told SOHH. "As a producer, I'm in the lab right now working on Cee-Lo's new album, Goodie Mob's new album, DMX's new album, T.I.'s new album and Macy Gray's new album. I'm in the lab cranking out some hits for people to jam to next year. ... X and T.I. are two different artists. DMX is up there with Eminem. No one's ever broke the recordshe's broke. T.I.'s a great artist and I'm excited for his comeback too. But X's new album is just gonna be a monster. We're working on getting this Eminem and X record together because it's going to be hip-hop history." (SOHH)
Trouble Man is expected to drop this summer.