Here’s A Track-By-Track Breakdown Of T.I.’s ‘Paperwork’ Singles

Ahead of the release of his ninth studio album Paperwork, T.I. offers a breakdown of the project’s first offerings. From detailing the intent behind “No Mediocre” to revealing that he Young Thug have recorded at least 12 records in addition to “About The Money,” Tip brings context to the album’s current singles, including “New National Anthem” and “Paperwork.”

Check out a few quotables from Tip’s track-by-track analysis below:

No Mediocre (feat. Iggy Azalea)
“I just chose women as a topic because women are my favorite things to observe. And if I like to observe something, I would like to motivate what I like to observe to raise the bar of excellence to denounce mediocrity for themselves so that my observations would be pleasant ones.”

About The Money (feat. Young Thug)
“Right around ‘after the club’ hours, I was like 3:30 4 ‘o clock, I’m in the studio getting calls like ‘Yo, we pulling up.’ Immediately, we exchanged pleasantries and began listening to beats and went right in there and did ‘About The Money.’ That was the first record we did. Since then, we done did about 12, 13 records.”

New National Anthem (feat. Skylar Grey)
“‘New National Anthem’ I actually did like a year and a half ago, probably right on the heels of the George Zimmerman verdict for Trayvon. And immediately when I heard it, I knew it was going to be a scary, impactful, profound record. It’s so heavy with purpose and intent to shed light on a very, very taboo topic in America, which is the way young black people are treated, perceived and handled.”

Paperwork (feat. Pharrell)
“Due to my expanded knowledge of this subject, I chose to speak on myself. So I told a story of me, because I know the most about that, which would make for a more compelling story. I wouldn’t have to leave any gaps.”

Paperwork drops on Oct. 21. Watch T.I.’s full track-by-track breakdown in the video above.

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