T.I.’s album, Trouble Man, is slated for a September 4 release, but Tip claims that he’s just getting warmed up.
“I got a lot of ammunition, I’m about to start shootin’,” he told MTV News. “I’m just getting warmed up, just look forward to it.”
Tip has already dropped “I’m Flexin’,” “Hear Ye, Hear Ye” with Pharrell and his latest offering, “Love This Life,” although it’s not currently known if any of the tracks will make the final cut for Trouble Man.
Last month, while being a guest on MTV’s RapFix Live, Tip spoke about the album and compared it to Paper Trail.
“So the biggest difference in the man that I am today and the man that I was then, I guess musically, it’s gonna be more aggressive than Paper Trail,” he told Sway Calloway.
On Monday (June 18), Tip expressed disappointment about not being able to sign Chief Keef to his Grand Hustle imprint.
“Chief Keef, I feel like he represents a part of America,” T.I. told MTV News. “He represents a part of the youth in America that ain’t really got a voice right now. We looking at ‘em, and we’re seeing the results of their actions, but we ain’t really listening to ‘em, and I think you gotta have a representative of each generation in order to understand what they dealing with.”
Although T.I. vied for Keef’s services, the 16-year-old Chicago rapper decided to sign with Interscope.
“The opportunity existed, but I never put my own personal wishes before the best interest of the next person,” T.I. added. “I’m just happy that he’s able to do whatever’s best for him and his family and to move forward as a person and to progress in life. As long as he’s doing that, I’m happy.”—Jakinder Singh