T.I.’s back in album mode.
After dropping his Fuck the City Up mixtape earlier this year, the Grand Hustle general is now readying the release of his eight LP, Trouble Man, tentatively due out this summer. Tip says fans can expect the album’s next single, “Love This Life”—produced by Mars (of 1500 or Nothin)—to impact in the next few weeks.
“It’s speaking to woman, but from a man’s perspective,” Tip told XXLMag.com regarding the song’s concept. “People who find themselves in a situation where the woman might say she wants to part ways with the man, but the man [is] like, ‘Let’s be sensible about this. You gonna leave all this? And go where?’ That’s what he is sayin’, the gentleman is sayin’.
“I know there’s a lot of guys out there who find themselves in positions on all levels of life, not just as a rich man, but you have people who treat a woman the way she wants to be treated,” he continued. “There aren’t a lot of men out there who can offer that same kind of security, affection and protection; that will be kind of the song.”
T.I.’s been happily married to Tiny Cottle for a-year-and-a-half— as documented on VH1′s T.I. & Tiny: The Family Huslte—so he had to look elsewhere for inspiration.
“I seen a close patna of mine going through it with his child’s mom and I just saw how she was trying to carry him through all the unnecessary drama and stress she was taking him through and I thought to myself, ‘C’mon on now, where else can you go and live like that,” he explained. “Who else would have treated you like he treated you’ and you gonna drag him like that, that’s not right. So that kinda inspired me to do it.”—Carl Chery (@cchery)