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Rapper T.I. is back. Going through a very difficult period in his life stemming from prison time from weapons and drug charges, T.I. is looking to step out of darkness with Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head. The "King Of The South" has grown from his previous release 2011's No Mercy. In Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, T.I. gets back to his roots with this album. He explained "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 lot of heart, it’s got a lot of edge. It’s a creative album. It’s probably harder than most of the shit that’s coming out right now." He's right in some aspects. It is a step forward for T.I., but the problem in my opinion is that it also doesn't pop as much as some of his previous albums. With that said, it's a good album. T.I. hasn’t lost a step, his flow is still great, and he’s still a hard rapper. The problem is there aren't many hits to take from the album.
Trouble Man: Heavy Heavy Is The Head released two singles so far. The first, "Go Get It" isn't the best. It's decent, but the sound you hear from the track is a good example of the general sound of the tracks on the album. The second "Ball" is one of the brighter spots. The song features Lil Wayne, and carry's a lot of presence. It's one of the more mainstream hip-hop tracks that could reach a lot of fans, but it's high energy, and any song with Lil Wayne is always a bonus.
While a lot of the tracks on Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head fall through the cracks, there are some that are very underrated, and are actually some of the best on the album. This is found in "The Introduction", the first track on the album, and really pulls the listener in. It's good ol' T.I. and really leads the way for the rest of the songs. Then there's "Trap Back Jumpin" which is a harder T.I. flow with a very solid gangster beat. Another is "Addresses", which is T.I. on his own again. It's a very hard song, and some ruthless lyrics, it's tough and solid. It's T.I. jumping back from his earlier work, and it really builds up to be a very good song. The interesting thing is the best songs of the album is T.I. when he's on his own, which is different considering the talent he brought onto the album. Another notable track is "Sorry" featuring Andre 3000 of Outkast. It's not a great or standout song, but I'm a big Andre 3000 fan and he really adds his own element onto the track and makes it a decent listen.
T.I. was quoted hinting that this could be one of his last albums. He was also noted saying that he recorded over 120 songs for the album, so Trouble Man sequels are expected. I personally hope that he doesn’t call it quits yet, because he's still one of the best rappers in the game. I'm a big fan of most of his albums and although Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head isn't one of his best, it still has some bright spots. He's got the talent to come out with a lot of good music and many hits, and it would be a shame to see him leave. I'd recommend giving this album a listen, but I'm looking forward to finding out what's next for T.I.
T.I. ft. Lil Wayne - "Ball" (Explicit):