“T.I. is one of the last few remaining Hip-Hop superstars.”-Jayson Rodriguez

Early reception of Troubleman has been favorable, praise of which is understandable given the production list–which includes DJ Toomp, Pharrell Williams, No I.D., 1500 or Nothin’, and Rico Love, among others– and the guest list (Meek Mill, Pink, Cee Lo Green, A$AP Rocky, Andre 3000, and more) this album was designed to send a message. “I think that he is just really determined,” shares wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris. “Mentally he was just real focussed on doing some of the best work that he’s really ever done. He did like 170 songs! I kept telling him ‘How [are] you gonna be able to narrow it down?’ He [was] determined to make it so hard for him to be able to pick and choose [the final tracklisting]…and he did.

“He’s always been a hard worker but he has the mindset of not failing, and it shows in his music. He’s always trying to out-do himself. He has that ‘I can’t lose’ mentality and that makes him get better and better. He lost a lot of time within those years and he feels the need to regain what he lost and make this album— makes everything that he’s done— now count. He knows his direction, he knows he’s definitely not going back [to prison] and he knows what he gotta do to stay on the path that he’s on.”

“T.I. like[s] that real sh-t,” adds Meek Mill. The Philly MMG representative teams with Tip on the Cardiak-produced, “G Season.” When asked by Rap-Up to name his Top 5 releases of the year, T.I. pointed to Meek’s Dreams & Nightmares debut. “We come from real places and the things I’m rapping about, he probably can seriously relate to.”

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