Paper Trail is the sixth studio album by American hip hop recording artist T.I., released September 30, 2008, on Grand Hustle Records and Atlantic Records. He began to write songs for the album as he awaited trial for federal weapons and possession charges. Unlike his past albums, he wrote his lyrics down on paper, which he had not done since his debut album, I’m Serious (2001).
The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 568,000 copies in its first week, becoming T.I.’s highest debut sales to date, and the fourth highest debut of the year. The album was eventually certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on August 27, 2009. It received generally favorable reviews from critics, and is T.I.’s most successful to date. The album spawned eight singles, four of which reached the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, with two singles peaking at number one.Urban Legend is the third studio album by American rapper T.I., released on November 30, 2004, through Grand Hustle Records and Atlantic Records. The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200, selling 195,000 copies in its first week of release, it charted at number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and at number one on the Top Rap Albums chart.
The album’s official lead single, “Bring Em Out”, was released on October 19, 2004 and became his first top ten hit, peaking at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100, while the second single “U Don’t Know Me” peaked at number twenty-three on the Billboard Hot 100. His third single “ASAP” reached number 75 on the U.S. charts, number 18 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts and number 14 on the Hot Rap Tracks. T.I. created a video for “ASAP”/”Motivation”. However, “Motivation” only made it to number 62 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
The album features production provided by longtime collaborating producers DJ Toomp, Jazze Pha, Lil Jon, The Neptunes, Nick “Fury” Loftin, David Banner and Sanchez Holmes. New producers contributing to the album include Daz Dillinger, Kevin “Khao” Cates, KLC, Mannie Fresh, Scott Storch and Swizz Beatz. Featured guests on the album include Trick Daddy, Nelly, Lil Jon, B.G., Mannie Fresh, Daz Dillinger, Lil Wayne, Pharrell Williams, P$C, Jazze Pha and Lil’ Kim.
Upon its release, Urban Legend received generally favorable reviews from most music critics.
The Recording Industry Association of America has certified the album platinum, with over 1,000,000 copies shipped in the United States alone.
I’m Serious is the debut studio album by American rapper T.I., released on October 9, 2001 through Arista Records.
The album included guests appearances from Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes (who called T.I. “the Jay-Z of the South”), Jazze Pha, Too Short, Bone Crusher, Lil Jon, Mac Boney, Pastor Troy, P$C and Youngbloodz. The album featured production from DJ Toomp, Craig Love, Maseo, Brian Kidd, The Neptunes, Jazze Pha, Yung D, Lil Jon and T.I. himself.
Despite the album’s guests appearances and production team, the album peaked at number 98 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and only sold 163,000 copies in the United States. Upon its release, critics pointed to the fact that many of the tracks sounded the same and that a few were blatant rip-offs. Other critics commented saying, “T.I. claims to be the king of the South, but fails to show and prove. He does, however, have potential. If his talent ever matches his confidence, he may just be headed for stardom.”
Due to the poor commercial reception of the album, T.I. asked for a joint venture deal with Arista Records or be released from his contract; he was subsequently dropped from the label. It is his lowest-selling album to date with only 268,000 copies sold.Trap Muzik is the second studio album by American hip hop recording artist T.I., released on August 19, 2003, through Atlantic Records and his newly founded record label Grand Hustle Records. Due to the poor sales on T.I.’s debut album I’m Serious (2001), T.I. asked for a joint venture deal with Arista Records or he be released from his contract; he was subsequently dropped from the label. In 2003, T.I. launched Grand Hustle Records with his longtime business partner Jason Geter and signed a new deal with Atlantic Records.
The album spawned the hit singles “24’s”, “Be Easy”, “Rubber Band Man”, and “Let’s Get Away”. The album features guest appearances from 8Ball & MJG, Jazze Pha, Bun B and Macboney. With longtime T.I.’s record producer DJ Toomp serving as an executive producer for this album. Trap Muzik debuted at #4 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 110,000 copies in the first week. It also debuted at number 2 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. As of December 2003, the album became a certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling one million copies worldwide.
Upon its release, Trap Muzik received generally favorable reviews from most music critics, who generally regarded it as a major improvement from I’m Serious. In 2012, Complex named the album one of the classic albums of the last decadeUs or Else is the fourth extended play (EP) by American hip hop recording artist T.I.. It was released through Tidal on September 23, 2016, by Grand Hustle Records and Roc Nation. The EP features guest appearances from Quavo, Meek Mill, RaRa, Big K.R.I.T. and Killer Mike, as well as production handled by Mars of 1500 or Nothin’ and Mike & Keys, among others. The EP serves as the prequel to his long play (LP) record, titled Us or Else: Letter to the System, which was released in December 2016.