17 Songs, 1 Hour, 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While its numerous guest spots and bids for commercial acceptance prevent Urban Legend from running as deep as Trap Muzik, T.I.’s flow and monumental swagger have only become more potent. The album slams into action with the astonishing “ASAP,” in which a whirlpool of fanfares and wah guitar engulf the listener as T.I. issues his warning: “Might be thrown off my rocker just slightly / Fiesty, claimin' hot temper don't ignite me / I'm only gonna ask ya find the exit once politely.” “Motivation” is a tribute to T.I.’s unwavering focus and formidable rhyme skills, while Lil Kim, Pharrell and Nelly show up for a bevy of raunchy club tracks. While the Jay-Z sample on “Bring ‘Em Out” is proof that T.I. is more than ready to inherit the crown from the rap’s reigning kingpin, there are moments on Urban Legend that share more with Scarface’s ruminations than Jay-Z’s bluster. T.I. spends the majority of his time picking fights with his foes and recounting his riches, but “Prayin’ For Help” reveals a pensive, remorseful soul of a gangster gone straight: “While I'm lookin' at the life I left, it's kinda hard not to hate myself / But quiet as kept, right or wrong it's just the way I felt / I might be better off prayin' for death, on my knees I knelt / Still tryin' to find a way to accept, it ain't a way that I can help nobody 'til I save myself / Technically I'm still a slave myself / I gotta climb out the grave myself, man I played myself.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

While its numerous guest spots and bids for commercial acceptance prevent Urban Legend from running as deep as Trap Muzik, T.I.’s flow and monumental swagger have only become more potent. The album slams into action with the astonishing “ASAP,” in which a whirlpool of fanfares and wah guitar engulf the listener as T.I. issues his warning: “Might be thrown off my rocker just slightly / Fiesty, claimin' hot temper don't ignite me / I'm only gonna ask ya find the exit once politely.” “Motivation” is a tribute to T.I.’s unwavering focus and formidable rhyme skills, while Lil Kim, Pharrell and Nelly show up for a bevy of raunchy club tracks. While the Jay-Z sample on “Bring ‘Em Out” is proof that T.I. is more than ready to inherit the crown from the rap’s reigning kingpin, there are moments on Urban Legend that share more with Scarface’s ruminations than Jay-Z’s bluster. T.I. spends the majority of his time picking fights with his foes and recounting his riches, but “Prayin’ For Help” reveals a pensive, remorseful soul of a gangster gone straight: “While I'm lookin' at the life I left, it's kinda hard not to hate myself / But quiet as kept, right or wrong it's just the way I felt / I might be better off prayin' for death, on my knees I knelt / Still tryin' to find a way to accept, it ain't a way that I can help nobody 'til I save myself / Technically I'm still a slave myself / I gotta climb out the grave myself, man I played myself.”

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

332 Ratings

T.I. got his '*$@&*' together on this one!

FiveNineThirtyFour,

Personally I thought this album wouldn't be half as good as it was. When I bought I just threw it on my Ipod and left it to rot, then on a trip to Florida I hit shuffle and it played 'Get Loose'. (I already knew 'Bring 'Em Out', 'You Don't Know Me' & 'ASAP' were good) I heard '' Stand Up" and that was it. This is in my top ten down south hip-hop albums of the last 5 years. Top 5: 1. Stand Up (feat. Trick Daddy, Lil' Jon & Lil' Wayne) 2. Get Loose (feat. Nelly) 3. ASAP 4. Bring 'Em Out 5. Tie: My Life (feat. Daz Dilinger)/You Don't Know Me

Tight!

TiMtOM,

Aight!! man this lbum is one of T.I's best!!it has really good songs like...ASAP,Get Loose,Bring Em Out,....and many more!!so buy it or by some of his songs!!aight!payce!!!

About T.I.

Once dubbed "the Jay-Z of the South" by Pharrell Williams, T.I. gradually came into his own and established himself as one of rap's most successful MCs during the early 2000s. Like Jay-Z, T.I. -- born Clifford Harris in Atlanta, Georgia -- carried a balance of smoothness and toughness, and although 2001's I'm Serious didn't shoot him out of the gate à la Reasonable Doubt, he consistently grew and launched a string of major hits with 2003's "24's." Throughout the six following years, T.I. maintained a consistent presence on urban radio stations in America: 2003's Trap Muzik, 2004's Urban Legend, 2006's King (released in tandem with T.I.'s debut screen appearance in ATL), 2007's T.I. vs T.I.P., and 2008's Paper Trail -- all released through the MC's deal with Atlantic -- were Top Ten albums, with the latter three even spending time at the very top of the chart.

For better or for worse, T.I. also courted a good deal of controversy during his rise to superstar status. Far more ink was spent on his legal issues and conflicts with other rappers, including fellow Southerner Lil' Flip, than on his Katrina relief efforts and other humanitarian involvements. One notable event occurred on May 3, 2006, when T.I.'s crew was caught up in a shooting after a show in Cincinnati. The crossfire left three people injured, while longtime friend and personal assistant Philant Johnson was fatally wounded. Despite such incidents, T.I. continued to flourish as the decade drew to a close, releasing three chart-topping rap singles and four Top Five pop hits between 2008 and 2009. His career took a breather in 2009, however, when the rapper entered an Arkansas prison to serve a yearlong sentence related to federal gun charges. He was released from prison at the end of 2009, serving the rest of his sentence at a halfway house in Atlanta.

Just prior to the December 2010 release of his seventh album, No Mercy, he returned to prison, sentenced to 11 months for violating his probation. The album went gold, and the rapper was nominated for two Grammy Awards. After his release, he continued recording and co-starred in the VH1 series T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle. He issued Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, in December 2012. Influenced by Pharrell Williams, the rapper moved to the Columbia family of labels in 2013. Williams also executive produced his 2014 effort Paperwork, an album introduced by the single "About the Money" featuring Young Thug. It was T.I.'s eighth consecutive Top Ten album.

In 2015, after appearances in a handful of films, including Entourage and Ant-Man, he returned as TIP with the five-track EP Da' Nic and his tenth proper album, The Dime Trap. Parting ways with Columbia soon after, TIP signed a deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation in early 2016. In addition to starting a rap collective dubbed Bankroll Mafia with Young Thug, among others, TIP released the EP Us or Else. Supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, the six-song collection presented an unflinching look at race and power in America. ~ Andy Kellman

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