December 17, 2012 Slideshows

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T.I. listening party 

On December 14, Tree Sound Studios held a private listening party for T.I.'s latest album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head. Between the free mounds of food and flowing alcohol attendees were given a first listen to the Atlanta rapper’s latest effort. If one thing has become readily apparent over the past few years of rampant media coverage, it’s that T.I. is perpetually going through changes, both positive and negative, and with each variance comes a new album. In introducing his new album, he explained that his previous effort, No Mercy, was crafted as an apology to those who may have been hurt by his run-ins with the law. Despite his best efforts he claims several individuals struck his apology down, claiming that trouble is congruous with his being. In response, he's decided to embody this by channeling his inner "Trouble Man" on what he calls his official "Fuck you" to all detractors. Opening with a sample from the iconic blaxploitation film of the same title, “Trouble Man" chronicles a myriad of problematic circumstances throughout his life. These situations include the death of loved ones all the way to his now infamous run in with the APD in a Walgreens parking lot.
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A large poster for "Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head" adorns the stage.
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T.I. mingles with the crowd before the listening gets started.
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Dj Drama made an appearance as a friend and peer to T.I.
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Atlanta legend and hip-hop icon Big Boi took to the stage to show support for his fellow Atlanta MC. Per request of T.I., Big Boi commented on the appearance of his partner in crime, Andre 3000, on the track "Sorry." Big stated that he imagined 3000 had several things to get of his chest when crafting his verse for the song, and that he still has nothing but love and support for his longtime friend.
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In between each track T.I. gives attendees some specifics on their creation.
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T.I. poses with producer James "Groove" Chambers and Tree Sounds general manager Malissa "Mali" Hunter.
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A staff member rolls up one of the "Trouble Man" posters at the end of the listening party.
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A large poster for "Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head" adorns the stage.
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