David Banner crafted one of T.I.’s first commercial hits in 2003’s “Rubberband Man.” The track’s uplifting organ riff injected a lighter sound on Tip’s, Trap Musik LP.
Now, nine years later, Banner hopes to change up T.I.’s sound again, this time crafting a couple of records on Tip’s upcoming and highly-anticipated album, Trouble Man.
“We got a couple of songs that we did so far…super space age,” Banner recently told XXLMag.com. “One of the things that I wanted to do for Tip is to help create a new sound because we did that with ‘Rubberband Man.’”
“The industry was so dark at the time and [“Ruberband Man”] lightened it up,” the Mississippi MC and producer said. “To me, it was similar to when Busta Rhymes came out with ‘Woo Hah!!’ [Got You All in Check] in his time. [T.I.] was still talking about ‘wild as the Taliban,’ but the music was bright. I wanted to do something similar on this record in giving him a new sound, something you wouldn’t expect. So, yeah, I got a couple of records with him.”
With help of Banner and other producers, Tip’s Trouble Man LP seems to definitely be taking shape.
“It’s something new for Tip. It’s a more crossover feel to it, but it definitely has bass and a lot of bottom, so it gives it that bump,” Rico told XXL. “Usher comes in on the chorus and blows the record out of the water, man. I definitely wanted to go with something that had a immediate radio and club record feel.”
Trouble Man is tentatively scheduled for a summer 2012 release. Meanwhile, Banner’s free album, Sex, Drugs & Video Games will be available for download on May 22.—Mark Lelinwalla