Those that were awaiting the re-release of T.I.’s album Paper Trail will have to be disappointed as the re-release has been shelved indefinitely.
Given the new title Paper Trial: Case Closed, the disc had the original material along with 5 new tracks added onto the line-up. It was slated to hit stores in August 18, but a spokesperson from Atlantic Records has confirmed that the 5 new songs will now be released digitally as the album will not be released. No details have been disclosed to the reasoning behind the change.
The video for his single, “Remember Me” featuring Mary J. Blige was released this week. T.I. made another video for the song “Hell Of A Life” before being incarcerated in May.
Paper Trail, his sixth studio album, was released September 30, 2008. It was very successful in the mainstream as it generated hits such as “Whatever You Like”, “Live Your Life” and the posse cut “Swagger Like Us” with Jay-Z featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne.
This album showed T.I. returning to the craft of writing his lyrics down which he had not done since his debut album, I’m Serious. Paper Trail has become the Atlanta rapper’s most successful and biggest selling album to date with Neilson Soundscan showing the project moving 1,977,000 units since its release.
On May 26, T.I. began his sentence of one year and one day in prison for felony weapons charges. He is currently imprisoned at FCC Forrest City in Arkansas and after his release will be subject to an audit of his finances, drug counseling, DNA testing along with random searches of his property.
As T.I. stated in his video “Remember Me”, although some might think that he is gone forever he will make his return as he had done before. Until then fans can look to the new music so that they are rest assured that he is not “Dead and Gone.”