T.I. released his 9th studio album, Paperwork, on October 21st. Within the first week the album went on to sell 80,000 copies in the first week landing him at #2 on the Billboard 200 and #1 atop both Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts. He landed at #2 on the Billboard 200 with his 2013 album, Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head (CLICK HERE for that review).
I absolutely love the opener of the album. It wouldn’t be a T.I. album without him proclaiming and reminding everyone that he is ‘King’, hence the title of the track. I absolutely love his flow on that one.
My Top 5 —
- ‘New National Anthem’
- ‘No Mediocre’
- ‘I Don’t Know’
- ‘You Can Tell How I Walk’ (feat. Rick Ross) *
Pros: I love the fact that T.I. did whatever he wanted to do on this one and featured a showcase of artists. It’s a very heavily featured album compared to his other albums. I also like how he touched a variety of topics from politics, to his usual flaunting of money, getting down and dirty with the ladies, and even shining light on his high profile relationship issues.
Cons: While the album touched base on a variety of topics, it was all over the place. I like albums that flow and have some type of storyline. Not a storyline as in every track connecting, but better transitions.
The album overall has a very soulful sound to it compared to T.I.’s previous works. That’s a sound that T.I. loves and embraces so it’s not a real surprise there, but I honestly didn’t like it. Overall, I’d still give the album a 3/5. There were great songs on the album, but the complete package didn’t make me go crazy. To be honest I wasn’t expecting to. I commend T.I. for releasing his 9th album and of course I can’t wait on the 10th. This album was just alright. As a fan I’ll stay tuned for more.
Listen to the album below: