T.I. is currently pushing forward to reclaim his spot in hip-hop.
The Atlanta rapper stopped by FunkMaster Flex's show yesterday evening (Oct.18) to drop off a new record with longtime collaborator Pharrell. "Hear Ye, Hear Ye" features Skateboard and Tip spitting ferocious bars over a scrappy drum pattern. No hooks needed here.
He also spoke to RollingStone on the title of his forthcoming, eighth studio album.
"The first of two album titles I'm debating is Kill the King because in all that I've gone through I've observed how people respond to my circumstances, and I always wonder 'Why y'all coming at me like this?' But I thought, 'How do you expect them to act?'" he explains. "Life is a game of chess and the object is to kill the king. If you anoint yourself king, you have made yourself a target. The second one is self-explanatory – Trouble."
As determined as ever, T.I. held nothing back in expressing his desire to once again rule rap music.
"If I never went to jail, did drugs, toted guns or made hot music, you never would have gave a fuck in the first place," he says bluntly. "Let's get back to making hot music and let that be the reason you fuck with me."
Tip's first novel, Power and Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets, is set to be released on October 18th.
Listen: Pharrell & T.I. speak on creating "Hear Ye, Hear Ye"