Self-proclaimed King of the South, rapper T.I., recently gave his fans an exclusive look into the inspiration behind his eighth album, Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head.
In a dimly lit, pseudo-psychedelic and welcoming space at Tree Sound Studio in Norcross, GA, a friendly and humble T.I. greeted fans in attendance, sharing humorous tidbits about the stories behind his latest project.
The album tells a story about the rapper’s well-documented missteps. Standout tracks like "Sorry" featuring Andre 3000, "Hallelujah," "Can You Learn" featuring R.Kelly, and "Wonderful Life" featuring Akon, round out a stellar album that could very well be yet another platinum notch on the talented artist’s belt.
Now back stronger than ever T.I. offered no apologies to the naysayers who left him hanging during his darkest hours.
"When I dropped No Mercy a lot of people flattered themselves … I could not make any music without apologizing to myself and to the people around me who were depending on me to open doors of opportunity … If I feel I’m sorry then you’re going to hear I’m sorry … Let’s clarify, that was not a sorry to people I don’t even know," he said.
Fellow Atlanta-based heavy hitters Jeezy, Big Boi and DJ Drama were all in attendance as T.I. played tracks from the new album and offered a glimpse into his history.
While guests were not allowed to record any footage of the not-yet-released album, check out a sneak peek from the listening session to hear some of The King of the South’s life story.
See exclusive S2S photos of T.I. and Tiny at home.
Photos: T.I. and Tiny
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