Grand Hustle leader T.I. will unite with DJ Drama for his first post-prison underground project, F*ck A Mixtape.
A trailer for the mixtape began to circulate on the Internet Wednesday (April 14) evening.
With his prison sentence finished as of March 26, T.I. is officially back and apparently looking to make a statement via the mixtape game. The ATL rapper could very well drop one of the better mixtapes of this year, as long as DJ Drama keeps the drops and shouting to a minimum. That might sound a little premature, but come on, we all heard the absolutely great “I’m Back.” And the fact he’s apparently returning to his grittier roots on his upcoming album should at least show that T.I.’s likely looking to kill it lyrically. Details remain up in the air on who will make a guest appearance F*ck A Mixtape, but I think we’ll at least hear B.o.B spit a verse or two. (Prefix Mag)
DJ Drama also confirmed his involvement on his popular Twitter page.
“RT @Tip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSjVKkTdICU *f*ck a mixtape* @tip @djdrama @djmlk gangsta grillz….. TI P$C in da streets meets Gangsta Grillz is REALLY where it all comes from…. #doyahistory RT @DJMLK: RT @DJDRAMA: *f*ck a mixtape* @tip @djdrama@djmlk gangsta grillz…..hood-rich… *f*ck a mixtape* @tip @djdrama@djmlk gangsta grillz…..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSjVKkTdICU #grandhustle” (DJ Drama’s Twitter)
R&B singer The-Dream recently said T.I. had been making hits since being officially released from a halfway house last month.
“Tip is in a zone, man,” Dream said in an interview. “He’s in one of those things. But me just being a lyric guy, what makessongs, I think, hits is when it comes from the heart and you really are saying something you mean. And you can feel it through the passion. Every record he played me, I was like, ‘Wow.’ I could just feel it. It wasn’t about judging it. It wasn’t about, ‘Is this a single or is this that?’ It was just, ‘Wow, where have you been? Where’d you go?’ It was just elevated, and he’s elevated. Right now, he’s rapping like he’s in space. Not a place we don’t know — it’s in the same area — but his vibe is just wider now.” (MTV)
The rapper recently promised “aggressive” content on his upcoming solo album.
“I’m happy to be home,” T.I. said in a video. “I learned a lot, grew a lot and now I think it’s time to put all that to good use. I didn’t write too much, people might thought I was doing a lot of writing but I didn’t write that much, you know. I didn’t get a lot of time to. It was a lot of activity around me so I wasn’t really motivated to create. I just want to continue to maintain the level of success I’ve been fortunate to do over and over again over the years. Well, this album is different in many ways. I think that Paper Trail was a lot more about thoughts and this is more about feelings. And this is significantly more aggressive, at this point in the production. Who knows, I could do ten love songs tomorrow and change the direction but as of right now, it’s going hard. It’s going hard like classic T.I.” (Trap Muzik)
No further details have been revealed as of now.
Check out a trailer for the project down below: