An Inside Look Into T.I.’s ‘Paperwork’


It’s been some time since T.I. has delivered an intricate body of work. Nearly two years after introducing us to the Trouble Man, the Grand Hustle CEO has been all over the place from consulting his AKOO clothing line to starring in his reality show with his larger-than-life family. After being a part of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” nationwide craze last year, the idea of a full-length T.I. album executively produced by Pharrell has been enticing the eardrums of many. And now, it’s finally here.

Paperwork is the perfect compilation of tracks that describes where Tip is musically. Between every artist and producer that contributed to the project, the album proves how versatile T.I. has become since his Trap Muzik days. “No Mediocre” is a good example of how the ATL rapper has matured his sound.

“I felt like this song would promote the denouncement of mediocrity,” T.I. said during an exclusive listening of the album. “It allows women to raise the bar of excellence and I chose women as a topic because women are my favorite things to observe.”

While he spits about his favorite topic, his artist Iggy Azalea compliments the single and shows that he knows how to make the music he loves while being able to provide his fans with what they want to hear. His Grand Hustle collaboration was meant to top the charts, but it’s his work with Young Thug that has made the most noise.

“It was simple man,” said Tip. “I heard that he had started gaining notoriety and attention from his music. I don’t necessarily jump on one record to solidify who you are as an artist. But he had “Stoner” and then “Danny Glover,” so I was like ok, y’all bring him on by here and let’s see what we can do.”

“About The Money” is a true clash of two hip-hop generations coming together in the name of cash. But even though he has Thugger and fellow newbies Watch The Duck on the album, Tip stuck to his true style by bringing in some of the biggest names in the game. Boosie Badazz also comes through with a dope verse on “Jet Fuel.” Expect to hear more appearances from the likes of Jeezy, Rick Ross, and Chris Brown on the album as well.

Executive producer Pharrell Williams exceeded overall expectations of the album. You can hear the original Skateboard P touch in each melody, from his Neptunes sound to his catchy vocals. T.I and Pharrell have managed to keep their rapper/producer bond strong over the years since their first collaboration on T.I.’s debut album I’m Serious. This project proved to be no different as he took time behind the boards and even stepped up to the mic to lend his vocals to the title track and a special dedication to the late Doe B.

Paperwork is in stores now.

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