The King is back and he comes baring a release date and new single.
T.I.’s much-anticipated eighth studio album, Trouble Man, will come out September 4 according to a conversation the ATL rapper had with Angie Martinez yesterday. It will be his first since he was released from prison in September 2011.
The self-proclaimed King of the South also premiered his new single, “Like That,” for Angie, which will lead the album’s push and is a return to the up-tempo trap music that made him a star last decade.
Trouble Man will be Tip’s first release since 2010’s No Mercy, which went gold and featured appearances from Kanye West, Drake and Eminem.
In an interview with Billboard.com, T.I. revealed he has already collaborated with Usher on the new album and hopes to work with many more artists beyond hip-hop.
“I’d love to work with Ke$ha,” said Tip to Billboard. “I want to work with Cee-Lo, Bruno Mars. I’d love [to work wtih] Frank Ocean, Miguel. I like to work with a lot of different people that can provide a lot of different sounds.”
Earlier this year, T.I. released a New Year’s Eve mixtape titled F*ck the City Up. Since being freed late last year, Tip has been focusing on his family life, starring on VH1’s “T.I. and Tiny’s Family Hustle,” and building his Grand Hustle record label which includes 2012 XXL Freshman Iggy Azalea.
Tip will appear on MTV.com’s RapFix at 4 p.m. today (May 16) with Sway Calloway to discuss the new album.—Calvin Stovall