“He knows his direction, he knows he’s definitely not going back” – Tameka “Tiny” Harris

Was he wrong for carrying so many weapons when he was a convicted felon? Yes. But even better is that Tip knew the error of his ways heightened by the death of his best friend Philant “Big Phil” Jackson, and he let those emotions spill all over Paper Trail, his highly anticipated pre-prison record.

The candor, lyrical appeal, and maybe just a hint of fear, rang through the 17-track work, book ended by the Justin Timberlake assisted single “Dead and Gone,” dedicated to the loss of Jackson. The quality of work that he left us with reaffirmed the hope that his legal troubles wouldn’t hurt his art.

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