Trouble Man is the upcoming eighth studio album by American hip hop recording artist T.I.. The album is set to be released in 2012, under Grand Hustle and Atlantic Records.
Since his release from prison in August 2011, T.I. began making up for lost time, appearing on remixes for everyone from Jay-Z and Kanye West ("Niggas in Paris") to Ke$ha ("Sleazy") as well as recording 86 tracks for Trouble Man. In an interview with Rolling Stone, T.I. previously stated he was debating between two titles for the album, Kill the King and Trouble Man. T.I. later revealed to Billboard the title of the album to be the latter. The title was partly inspired by Marvin Gaye’s 1972 song of the same name.
In an interview with Rap-Up, T.I. revealed his thoughts on the album: "I think it’s a lot more urban than Paper Trail, and less apologetic than No Mercy. I think it’s more diversified than T.I. vs. T.I.P. though. It’s got a lotta heart, it’s got a lotta edge. It’s a creative album. It’s probably harder than most of the shit that’s coming out right now.
Release and promotion
In preparation for the album's release, T.I. released a promotional mixtape titled Fuck da City Up, on January 1, 2012. During a sit-down with XXL, T.I. revealed a few collaborations for the album, including a song with André 3000 and announced R. Kelly to be featured on the title track. After initially announcing that the album would be released on September 4, 2012, T.I. announced on August 3, that it would be pushed back to a later date in 2012. He also stated that the reason for the delay was because he was still deciding between 86 different songs for the final album.
The album's lead single, titled "Love This Life", produced by 1500 or Nothin', was released on April 3, 2012. After previously leaking on June 23, 2012, T.I. decided to make "Go Get It", produced by T-Minus, the official second single, releasing it to iTunes on July 17, 2012. The music video was released on August 16, 2012.
"We Don't Get Down Like Y'all", featuring Grand Hustle recording artist B.o.B was the first promotional single to be released from T.I. after his 11 month prison sentence. It was released to iTunes on August 9, 2011. The second promotional single, "I'm Flexin'" featuring Big K.R.I.T. was released on October 4, 2011. It reached number sixty-six on the Billboard Hot 100. The third promotional single, "Here Ye, Hear Ye" featuring Pharrell under the alias Sk8brd, was released to iTunes on October 20, 2011. The album's fourth promotional single, "Like That", produced by Lil C and Mars, was released on May 22, 2012.
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- ^ "T.I. Titles Next Album Trouble Man". MTV News. November 21, 2011. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1674765/ti-trouble-man-next-album.jhtml.
- ^ "T.I. Exclusively Previews New Album 'Trouble Man,' Talks Next Single". Billboard. November 20, 2011. http://www.billboard.com/column/the-juice/t-i-exclusively-previews-new-album-trouble-1005546352.story#/column/the-juice/t-i-exclusively-previews-new-album-trouble-1005546352.story.
- ^ "T.I.'s Album Title 'Trouble Man' Inspired By Marvin Gaye". MTV News. November 21, 2011. http://rapfix.mtv.com/2011/11/21/ti-album-title-trouble-man-inspired-by-marvin-gaye/.
- ^ "New Mixtape: T.I. Fuck Da City Up". Rap Radar. http://rapradar.com/2012/01/01/new-mixtape-t-i-fuck-da-city-up/#more-177034. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
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- ^ Ryon, Sean (3 August 2012). "T.I. Pushes Back "Trouble Man" Release Date". HipHopDX. http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.20670/title.ti-pushes-back-trouble-man-release-date. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- ^ "iTunes - Music - Go Get It - Single by T.I.". iTunes Store. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/go-get-it-single/id544081269. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
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- ^ "T.I. and Big K.R.I.T. - I'm Flexin'". acharts.us. http://acharts.us/song/66135.
- ^ "iTunes - Music - Here Ye, Hear Ye (feat. Sk8brd) - Single by T.I.". iTunes Store. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/here-ye-hear-ye-feat.-sk8brd/id474538177. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
- ^ a b "T.I. Taps Into New Orleans Bounce on New Single with Lil Wayne". Rap-Up. June 21, 2012. http://www.rap-up.com/2012/06/21/ti-taps-into-new-orleans-bounce-on-new-single-with-lil-wayne/.
- ^ "New Music: T.I. – ‘Like That’". Rap-Up. May 15, 2012. http://www.rap-up.com/2012/05/15/new-music-ti-like-that/.
- ^ a b c d e Vasquez, Andres (19 July 2012). "T.I. Shares Collaborations With Andre 3000, Lil Wayne, Cee Lo, R. Kelly". HipHopDX. http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.20482/title.ti-shares-collaborations-with-andre-3000-lil-wayne-cee-lo-r-kelly. Retrieved 19 July 2012.