News: T.I. Refuses To Prematurely Bring Out Trouble: "I'm Not Trying To Paint Myself Into A Corner"

Friday, Aug 3, 2012 2:55PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper T.I. recently revealed plans to hold off on rushing his long-awaited Trouble Man album and explained why perfection is more important than meeting a deadline.

If all goes accordingly, Tip said he hopes to have the solo effort completed by year's end.

"Me being the perfectionist that I am, I'm still tweaking and fine-tuning, trying to perfect all parts of this project," Tip told MTV News, confirming that the album won't be complete for another few months. "I did, like, 124 songs, and I've narrowed it down to 86 now, so now I have to continue to narrow down and continue to make it better. I'm not trying to paint myself into a corner with a date. I'm trying to make sure that the project is the absolute best it could be, and I'm trying to get it down by the end of the year." (MTV)

In May, the "King of the South" revealed an intent to drop the LP on September 4th.

Trouble is brewing for T.I. The Grand Hustle chief has announced a release date for his eighth album Trouble Man. During his visit to Angie Martinez' radio show on Tuesday, Tip revealed that the follow-up to 2010's No Mercy will drop on September 4. "Look forward to those summertime anthems that we've grown to love about T.I.," he previously told Fuse of the project, which has spawned the singles "Love This Life" and "Like That." (Rap-Up)

Recently, producer Sham "Sak Pase" Joseph hit up SOHH to discuss Tip's new album.

"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)

While the "King" has platinum albums to his name, he dished out plans to leave the rap game sooner than later earlier this year.

"This is what everyone fails to realize. I want out. I want out, man. What the game is going to and what has evolved into from a personality standpoint, it goes against what I represent. What I embody, this game contradicts that. So I want out. I'm in it because I love music and I have obligations contractually." ("The Breakfast Club")

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