The newly reformed T.I. has been making a helluva case for the old badass T.I.
Remember "Love This Life," the single he dropped in April to put
them hoes his female fans in check? Now he's back with a universal anthem titled "Like That," and it feels like another slick reminder to his fans — but mostly to himself:
"They want that super gutter ignorant/that new ghetto belligerent/authentic brick-flippin' dope boy trap nigga shit."
Hard to argue with that, at least where T.I. is concerned. It reminds me of something Killer Mike said in a recent CL interview when he talked about his music serving as an escape for listeners and likened it to that scene in Office Space where the white-collar white dude is on his gangsta shit, bumping Scarface on his way to work.
The song, produced by Lil C and Lamar "Mars" Edwards, is also reminiscent of T.I. at his commercial peak on "What You Know." He even dusts off his post-Nelly sing-songy flow in the second verse. Sept. 5 is the scheduled release date for forthcoming album Trouble Man, and based on the last two singles a theme is certainly developing. The essence of which seems to be a return to that declarative speak-it-into-being swag.
Listen to "Like That."
Correction: An earlier version of the post gave incorrect release date info. Trouble Man is scheduled for a Sept. 5 release.
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