Label: Grand Hustle, Epic
Non-Airable Tracks: Entire Album
In a bold move from the Hip-Hop rap scene to trap, “The Jay of South”, according to Pharrell Williams, T.I. has returned with an album unlike any of his previous efforts.
The album kicks off with the track, “Seasons” (feat. Sam Hook), which flows from start to finish with lighthearted singing backed by a rather operatic-sounding backing beat reminiscent of the score to any Darren Aronofsky movie.
The second track, “Laugh at them” starts out with a heavy trap beat followed by T.I.’s rapid delivery style that made tracks like, “Dead and Gone”, popular.
On the fifth track, T.I. couples simple beats with easy going rapping. Both make this song a chill track that starts out simple before becoming more complicated with each additional layer of rhythm.
Track eight, “What can I say”, offers the most trap beat-heavy track on the album. In a total surprise move, T.I. selected Dave Chappelle to deliver a opening monologue for the introductory portion of this track, “This is O.G. season…”, he opens, and leads into T.I.’s flow.
The next track, “Jefe”, sounds like a trap song that would get heavy play in the clubs married with the horn-heavy music that is loved by the reggaeton influenced vibes. T.I. drops a line about Dave Chappelle at the end of this song before saying: “Que pasa!”
The title of track 13, “Light Day”, seems appropriate as the beat itself is light with very few layers of rhythm and it is slow to build like a chill chart topper from late 90’s early 2000’s MTV. Think of the one hit wonder, “Butterfly” by Crazytown and this analogy will make even more sense.
The final track on the album, “Be There” has to be my favorite track on the entire album. T.I. seems to reflect on his need to lean on others for strength and then others in turn lean on him: A very pretty track from start to finish.
While this album surprised me as being a far departure from the T.I. tracks that I fell in love with when his Paper Trails album came out, I still personally feel like this album provides listeners with at least three tracks that they can vibe with. Good day or bad, T.I. remains faithful to his fans by offering an album with many different flavors, providing a vibe for old and new comers.
Operatic-sounding background beats reminiscent of the score to any Darren Aronofsky movie.
T.I.’s rapid delivery style that made tracks like “Dead and Gone popular.
Like a trap song that would get heavy play in the clubs married with the horn-heavy music that is adorned by reggaeton vibes
1. Seasons ft. Sam Hook (3:22)
2. Laugh at Em (4:35)
5. The Weekend ft. Young Thug & Swizz Beatz (4:48)
8. What Can I Say (3:43)
9. Jefe ft. Meek Mill (3:24)
13. Light Day (3:24)
15. Be There ft. London Jae (5:05)
Reviewer’s Name: Jon S. Rice
Date of Review: 10/17/18