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9:19 AM

T.I./Paper Trail

Posted by Guy Fawkes



Can't pretend this is exclusive or nothing, cuz this dropped a few weeks ago... but I'm giving it my first listen today. I've never been a big fan of Tip Harris unless he's dropping heat like "Rubberband Man" but that's usually once an album, so I've never given him much of my attention. I do however own "King" and it has gotten a few spins in my car... I've heard "Front, Back" quite a few times and I do say that Mannie Fresh created the sickest beat in the South's history. But other than that track the album was weak (I might just review it one day when I'm busy). But I'll give the homie Clifford a spin...

The Good:

1. What's Up, What's Happening- A huge beat but the only lyrics I heard was: "I'm the king/ quit hating sucka niggas"... I was expecting a lot more over this promising beat.

2. Life Of The Party- I have to believe even Tip could have done better over this chill instrumental. The hook is uninspired and the R Kelly verse is half-assed, and T.I.'s verses aren't much better.

4. No Matter What- This is some early 2000 Tip shit... and the hook is very well done. This song sounds really fucking good.

5. A Better Day- Consistent throughout, but not spectacular by any means...

9. Message To The Government- Fire

10. Swagger Like Us- This song isn't good, but if you want to witness a good artist throw away his career to fit in with the cool kids, you have Exhibit A: Kanye West.

14. Let My Beat Pound- Although this isn't that good of a track, the production is pretty interesting, and that itself will make you listen to this track again before you delete it.

15. No Matter What (Official Remix)- This song is actually really good... probably the best off the whole album. Real slow flow and Yung Joc shines on this track... and T.I. comes with some fire.

16. What Up Remix- This version sounds a lot better than the original, even though it is only one or maybe two new verses.

This was a pretty average, bland, boring album. It's exactly why people get the wrong impression of southern rap. There's also an exorbitant amount of songs for the club on here... and I actually like Tip when he doesn't write, even though I barely noticed a difference. When you don't like this album, don't say I didn't warn you...

0-20: Terrible listening experience
21-40: Maybe one good song
41-60: A few good songs
61-80: Half are good songs, half are weak
81-100: Great listening experience, almost all are great songs

I give this album a 63... lots of hype for no reason... shit is pretty average and boring at times.

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3 comments:

Fame < Infamy said...

YEAH I FEEL YOu ON THE HYPE FOR NO REASON THE ONlY SONG I AM FEELING IT DEAD AND GONE WITH TIMBERLAKE AND EVEN THATS NOT TO GREAT!!

Platinum said...

"14. Let My Beat Pound- Although this isn't that good of a track, the production is pretty interesting, and that itself will make you listen to this track again before you delete it."

HAHA! This is real talk. When first listen to i was like ok this is different then after listen to ait a few times i deleted it. But yea overall T.I.'s album aint that good. T.I. fell off big time.

Anonymous said...

this aint paper trail small dick