Single Review: T.I. x Pharrell, ‘Paperwork’

T.I. is back with yet another single off his upcoming album and this time it’s the self-titled track ‘Paperwork’ featuring Pharrell. He discussed the track in an interview with MTV News:

“…it pretty much kinda sums up the tone of the album. The cinematic presentation of it all. When you listen to the album, top to bottom, it kinda sounds like the score to a movie and I think ‘Paperwork’ is the perfect introduction to that.”

As a die hard T.I. fan I will not hesitate to say that I do not like the track. I would be sugar coating this review and being biased if I did not explain my true feelings about the track. Musically, it’s different from what T.I. usually releases, but he loves that kind of music so I’m not really surprised in that aspect. For those who have followed T.I.’s music, he’s no stranger to discussing the shortcoming in his life and on this track it is no different. The song sounded like it could’ve been a part of his debut movie, ATL. I’ve tried to play as if this is a great move for T.I. and find ways to like the track, but I’m really just not a fan of it. In knowing that Pharrelll would be producing I was expecting a harder more upbeat track from the two. I love T.I.’s songs with a message and I absolutely love his track ‘New National Anthem’ (CLICK HERE for that review), but this one not so much. It’s boring to me. In his description of the track yes I get the motion picture vibe of it, but it’s not my cup of tea. I’m a bit disappointed as I was anticipating something different.

Despite that, of course I WILL be buying the album because I’m a fan. For the most part everything I’ve heard so far I’ve pretty much enjoyed. Be on the lookout of rmy review. Paperwork IN STORES 10.21.14. Listen below:

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY T.I.! #LIBRASEASON

Well, well, well. It’s my FAVORITE time of year and time for me to begin my #LibraSeasonTakeover celebrating the birthdays of some of my FAVORITE artists. As a libra myself, 10.15, I thought it’d be cool to celebrate my faves. Up first is my most FAVORITE artist of all.

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Today marks the 34th birthday of my FAVORITE rapper, T.I. Anyone in my inner circle knows how much of a fan I am. When I first saw T.I. in 24s then ‘I Aint Never Scared’, there was something about him that made me a fan. What really solidified my love for his music was ‘Bring Em Out’; well the whole Urban Legend album. Now he’s set to release his . Despite his setbacks, no need to discuss his prison stints, T.I. is not only the King of the South, but the King of bouncing back as well. Aside from being a rapper T.I. has made connections far beyond the rap game. With nine albums under his belt, Paperwork in stores 10.21.14, T.I. has a clothing line (Akoo), crew (Hustle Gang), reality TV, and film under his belt.

T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle has been on TV for nearly 3 years and even before then T.I. had made his way to the big screen. Debuting in the film, ATL, the world was introduced to T.I.’s acting chops along with the intro to Ms. New New, Lauren London. From there he’s appeared in American Gangster and Takers and is set to appear in two movies in 2015. It won’t stop there either.

T.I. has shown that he is BIGGER than just music and that’s it’s really about branding yourself. He’s known as the ‘gangster rapper’ outside of ATL, but with ‘Family Hustle’ he’s become more of a 30+year old Huxtable. T.I. has a lot to be thankful and grateful for with a large catalogue of music along with awards including: 2 AMAs, 3 BET Awards, 9 BET Hip Hop Awards, 11 BMAs, 1 VMA, 2 Soul Train Awards, 3 Grammy’s, PLUS MORE!

Happy, Happy, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my all time fave, T.I.P.! Listen to 10 of my favorite T.I. songs below:

T.I., Paperwork: The Motion Picture, (Deluxe) Tracklist + Artwork

  1. ti-paperwork-deluxe‘King’
  2. ‘G’ Shit’ (feat. Jeezy & WatchTheDuck)
  3. ‘About The Money’ (feat. Young Thug)]
  4. ‘New National Anthem’ (feat. Skylar Grey)
  5. ‘Oh Yeah’ (feat. Pharrell)
  6. ‘Private Show’ (feat. Chris Brown)
  7. ‘No Mediocre’ (feat. Iggy Azalea)
  8. ‘Jet Fuel’ (feat. Boosie Badazz)
  9. ‘Paperwork’ (feat. Pharrell)
  10. ‘Stay’ (feat. Victoria Monét)
  11. ‘About My Issue’ (feat. Victoria Monét & Nipsey Hussle)
  12. ‘At Ya Own Risk’ (feat. Usher)
  13. ‘On Doe, On Phil’ (feat. Trae The Truth)
  14. ‘Light Em Up (R.I.P. Doe B)’ (feat. Pharrell & WatchTheDuck)
  15. ‘Let Your Heart Go (Break My Soul)’ (feat. The-Dream)
  16. ‘Sugar Cane’
  17. ‘I Don’t Know’
  18. ‘You Can Tell How I Walk’ (feat. Rick Ross)

Out of all of T.I.’s albums, this being his _ studio effort, this one is filled to the masses with features. There are only 3 tracks out of the 18 without a feature. Out of all the tracks I really want to hear ‘Private Show’, ‘Stay’, and ‘At Ya Own Risk’. From what has been released so far I really love ‘New National Anthem’ (CLICK HERE for that review) and ‘No Mediocre (CLICK HERE for that review) You can preorder the album through Amazon here. Expect a review on this one.

T.I. Announces Paperwork Artwork + Release Date

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T.I. will be releasing his 9th studio album, Paperwork, October 21st. The album is the follow-up to 2012, Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head (CLICK HERE for my album review) and its his first via his new label, Columbia. This is T.I.’s third home as an artist. His first album, I’m Serious, was released via Arista Records. Albums two through eight were released via Atlantic Records. He inked a deal with Columbia, November 22, 2013 to release his 9th studio album and he announced that he Pharrell would be executively producing the project.

The album will feature ‘New National Anthem’, ‘No Mediocre’ (feat, Iggy Azalea), ‘About The Money’ (feat. Young Thug’, and his latest ‘Got Me a Check’ (feat. Doe B),  Aside from the features he has thus far, other artists to be featured include: Young Jeezy, Trae the Truth, Nipsey Hussle, Problem, Rick Ross, Lil Boosie and possibly Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga.

Take a listen to his latest below: