Grammy-winning rapper T.I. has put together a portion of pop records as he prepares the release of his upcoming Atlantic Records/Grand Hustle album, King Uncaged.
According to producer Pharrell, the rapper’s label has persuaded T.I. to work on records outside of his typical street anthems.
“He’s got songs out there right now that are singles, but, you know, there are pressures in the world, certain things you can’t necessarily control,” Pharrell said about T.I. “But his body of work … he’s got a crazy album. I saw, like, 60 records, and almost every record that he played me was really incredible. Then there was the more poppier side of things, where the label kinda puts the gun to your head ’cause they gotta pay their bills…Please trust, T.I.’s album is incredible, and he’s an amazing talent, and it’s been a while since we got together…” (MTV)
Initially slated to drop last month, Tip said he had to put the album on hold while promoting his new film, Takers.
“I pushed the album back so I can completely focus my attention to the rollout and release of this film Takers,” he said. “I feel it wouldn’t be fair to the film or the album if I was splitting my attention span amongst the two, so I hit pause on the album to completely focus my attention to rolling out this here film. And once we prayerfully debut No. 1–25-plus, 20-plus million–then after those bottles have been popped and that celebration [is] underway, I will completely resubmerge myself back into the music, fully on album mode.” (Rap-Up)
Before being delayed to an unspecified date, T.I.’s new album was originally expected to drop at the end of September.
T.I.’s upcoming album – his first since his release from prison – King Uncaged, has been pushed back to September 28. Revealed on Amazon.com, the new release date is the latest example of a Hip Hop artist whose album has dropped later than expected – a laundry list that includes the likes of Drake, Game, Diddy, Rhymefest and N.E.R.D. (Hip Hop DX)
Earlier this year, the rapper compared his project to the late Tupac Shakur‘s All Eyez on Me.
T.I. is setting the bar high for his post-prison album, King Uncaged, comparing it to Tupac’s 1996 classic All Eyez on Me, which was released months after ‘Pac got out of prison. “This is the most significant return from incarceration that the game has had since then,” T.I. says. “Just given the enormous success of that project, everyone’s expecting the same results. I just want to meet the expectations, if not surpass them.” (Rolling Stone)
Check out a recent T.I. interview below: