The producers behind T.I.‘s upcoming single “I’m Back” say the song is a throwback to the street-oriented sound the emcee had during his mid-2000’s rise to popularity.
Produced by duo Trackslayerz, the track reminds fans of T.I.’s lyrical ability.
“This record right here kinda reminds me of the Urban Legend T.I.,” said Trackslayerz’s Price, referring to the rapper’s 2004 album. “But it’s from the point of when he got locked up. It’s no fall off [with] the lyricism. It’s like he’s completely focused. T.I. went extremely hard. He went in.” (VIBE)
It also showcases a more aggressive version of the rapper, according to Trackslayerz’s Inf.
His production partner, Inf, added, “The track is hard. It brings you back to the old T.I. It’s like a ‘U Don’t Know Me’ type track. It’s pretty hard. He’s coming back with the aggressive, mean kind of swag. It’s definitely a [street single]. It’s a combination of things. He’s kinda addressing that he’s been on a little hiatus with the jail sentence and don’t worry about that [because] he hasn’t fallen off. [Some] people feel a certain way about his situation and his sentencing and that he may have gotten off easy, but really it’s just the man saying don’t even worry about that, he’s the King of the South.” (VIBE)
Based off a promotional Twitter account, the song is speculated to drop next Monday (March 8).
“major announcement coming Monday 3/8 @ 5pm EST on www.trapmuzik.com #kingsback,” T.I. wrote around 9 PM EST. (T.I.’s Twitter)
T.I. is expected to be released from criminal confinement later this month.
The rapper announced new single “I’m Back” through a promotional Twitter account, and his lawyer confirmed to MTV News on Thursday (March 4) that Tip will be released from prison later this month. Federal Bureau of Prison records list the rapper’s release date as March 26. “That date is correct,” lawyer Steve Sadow said via e-mail. “T.I. is now serving the remainder of his sentence in home confinement under the supervision of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.” (MTV)
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