T.I.’s Dime Trap hits all aspects of the rapper’s very layered world as it dropped to masses on Friday (Oct. 5). Serving as contemporary trap vibes, Tip promised the world his eighth studio album would be a “TED Talk for Trap ni**as.” The 15-track LP delivers with organic collaborations from Jeezy, Young Thug, Meek Mill as well as production credits by Just Blaze, Scott Storch, Bangladesh and his eldest son, Messiah Harris.
With Dave Chappelle acting as the voice in his head, T.I. lyrically looks back at the empire he’s created in Trap Music. There are matters of the heart with tracks like “The Amazing Mr. F**k Up” featuring Victoria Monét and “At Least I Know” with Anderson .Paak. True Tip bars also reside on his Meek Mill-assisted “Jefe” and “More & More” with bars from Jeezy.
See the list below of the clever samples and features on Dime Trap.
As previously reported, Dave Chappelle welcomes listeners to Dime Trap as Tip’s consciousness while providing Yoda vibes with takes like, “All my life all I wanted to do was be great/If the stakes are everything, you’ll tell yourself anything you need to hear to survive/Everything I say is the truth and that’s a lie/And that’s the motherf**king truth.”
Singer-songwriter Sam Hook also provides a soothing chorus to the reflective intro.
2. “Laugh at Em”
Produced by Just Blaze, this marks another perfect tune for the duo who’ve worked together on the rapper’s biggest hits. The super-producer first connected with T.I. on “King Back” and “I’m Talking To You” from the rapper’s fourth album, King. Their chemistry reached new heights with “Live Your Live” featuring Rhianna on 2008’s Paper Trail. Tip also notes his path in activism by paying homage to victims of police brutality like Freddie Grey, Micheal Brown and Sandra Bland.
3. “Big Ol Drip”
Watch The Duck lend their vocal magic to the track’s chorus. The duo comprised of Jesse Rankins Eddie Smith III, playfully blend soulful vocals with genre-bending beats like their recent single, “There You Are.” The Alabama natives dropped their debut album, Delayed Adulthood earlier this year. Shawty Redd and Pyro da God also produced the song.