Grammy-winning rapper T.I. has announced a new creative direction for his seventh solo album set to be released in 2010.
Moving past his trials and tribulations, Tip plans on placing focus on the fun aspect of his life with the upcoming album.
“The celebration, putting these things behind me and moving forward,” explained. “Showcasing a new resilience, you know? Laughing in these suckers’ faces. I’m going to get back to some of the old elements that put me on people’s minds…I’m doing it half [freestyle] and half [written]…It depends on the type of record I’m doing. I have records now I did and I just went and did it like I used to, and I got some where I wrote it down. I’m not committing myself to one way or another. It’d have to be an infusion, just depending on what sort of album I want to make.” (MTV)
Prior to the album’s release, the “King” will re-release Paper Trail.
T.I. said the project will include five additional songs acknowledging he has a number of tracks he’s already recorded to choose from including leaked early collaborations with The-Dream and Ciara. He also has a Kanye West verse. (SOHH)
Finding out what fans should expect from the project, SOHH spoke with Grand Hustle in-house producer Lil’ C.
“He got a lot of hot records,” Lil C revealed. “He got a whole ‘nother album put together. I’m not gonna spill the milk but it’s another return of the King. I don’t want to bust nobody’s bubble but it’s definitely gon’ be something that you would want to go out and purchase. You don’t want to miss no songs on the album.” (SOHH Exclusive)
T.I. has a limited time to complete his recording as he is required to begin a 366 day prison sentence by May 19.
A year after pleading guilty to federal weapons charges, rapper T.I. was sentenced yesterday to one year and a day in prison. T.I., 28, had faced a maximum of 10 years. He was arrested in 2007 when he tried to buy machine guns and silencers. His sentence also includes a $100,000 fine. (Washington Post)
A specific release date for Tip’s re-released Paper Trail or untitled seventh solo album has yet to emerge.