Released the same week as ATL, his big-screen debut, T.I.'s fourth album isn't the leap forward he's been threatening to make, but it does carry the best set of productions he has been given to work with, and it guarantees that he won't be leaving the singles charts any time soon. On a steady basis since 2003, the MC has been responsible for some of the most memorable rap singles of the decade. "24's," "T.I. vs. T.I.P.," "Rubberband Man," "Bring Em Out," "U Don't Know Me," and the underappreciated "ASAP" amount to a run as impressive as anyone else's during the same years, and the streak continued with King's first official single. The slow victory lap that is "What You Know" is T.I.'s greatest track yet, a Toomp production with high and low synthesizer notes -- all of which sound like severely pitched-down synthetic horn lines -- drawn out to the point where they're practically bleeding into one another; T.I. similarly extends his syllables ("Just keep it very cooool, or we will bury yooou") for maximum looming effect. The track is emblematic of the album in that T.I. is basically saying the same things he has said many times before, but he's finding slightly different ways to say them, and as long as he doesn't get lackadaisical and his producers keep up, he'll be at the top of his game. The swarming all-out-assault "I'm Talking to You" and the Rick Rubin-worthy "You Know Who" play roles similar to that of Urban Legend's "Bring Em Out," and though neither one is quite as swift, they add further muscle to an MC who tends to be regarded as smooth. Some of the less energetic tracks weigh the 75-minute album down, but "Why You Wanna" works surprisingly well, given that T.I. tends to sound out of place when he's playing loverman and that the plangent keyboards from Crystal Waters' "Gypsy Woman" really have no business being anywhere near a rap track. It is frustrating that T.I. has only been refining his material since 2003's Trap Muzik, but that has been more than enough to gradually raise his profile. Maybe he needs a flop to spark some risk-taking. For better or worse, it doesn't look like that will be happening anytime soon.
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Performance CreditsT.I. Primary Artist,Rap
Jamie Foxx Vocals
Shorty B. Bass,Guitar
Pharrell Williams Vocals
Travis Barker Drums
Young Buck Rap
Young Jeezy Rap
Young Dro Rap
Mike Epps Track Performer
Dawaun Parker Keyboards
Technical CreditsMannie Fresh Producer
Keith Mack Producer,Audio Production
C. Waters Composer
R. Davies Composer
L. Hutson Composer
Anthony Kilhoffer Engineer
Tony Galvin Producer
Travis Barker Programming,Producer
J. Smith Producer
C. Harris Composer
Kasseem Dean Composer
Jason Geter Executive Producer
James Lopez Director
Robert Gold Producer
E.J. Gold Composer
Orlando Rashid Engineer
Kannon "Caviar" Cross Producer
K. Cates Composer
Elliot Carter Engineer
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DUDE THIS CD IS OF DA HOOK .IT IS A MUST IF YOU DONT LIKE RAP YOUR MISSIN ALOT OF GOOD STUFF .BUY THIS CD PEEPS IT IS TOTALLY OUT OF THIS WORLD I COULD LISTEN TO IT QUOTE"" "OVER AND OVER AGAIN" RING A A BELL IT IS TIM MCGRAW AND NELLY ANYWAYS BUY IT OR ELSE YOU- KNOW -WHAT !!!!!!!!!!!! TRUST ME YOU WILL LOVE IT
I was born and raised and still live in ATLANTA,GEORGIA (THE DIRTY SOUTH) and T.I is the KING of ATLANTA in my book. I Like is STYLE. He is Confident, Rough and Raw and with a lot of Emotion. I Love all of his C.D's and this is another #1 if you don't have it you got to get it and then you will really know why he is the KING!!! He's a Fantastic Artist, and I love how he gives back and helps out his community. "T.I. keep up the good work and continue to stay grounded and you will always be the "KING"!!!!
Yo for real I didn't think he could get any better than Urban Legen but he did. I love this c.d. from beging to the end. My favorite tracks are number 4,8,10,11,14,and 18. He could put every one of those hits out.
I haven't always been the biggest rap fan. I mean, I've always loved all forms of musical expression, save for country and techno, but rap was always iffy due to the questionable lyrical content. However, recently I've decided to expand my horizons a little, purchasing T.I.'s, Busta's and Common's latest efforts, and burning Juelz Santana's and Kanye West's. I was surprised when I realized that I was feelin this CD. Every beat was hot, borrowing rock and R&B elements on a few, and T.I's flow has the typical southern-rapper sound, but with a better delivery than most. Though rap music is losing points with me for originality and substance, and this CD does show evidence of this ("I'm Straight", "I Told You So", and "Bankhead" were songs that T.I. could have done without on this album), this CD is pretty consistent, with plenty of head-noddin' capabilities. Best tracks: "Front Back", "Ride Wit You", "Stand Up Guy", "You Know Who", "Good Life", and "Hello", as well as the two most familiar singles, "What You Know" and "Why You Wanna".
The most amazing CD put out by T.I. to date. Has any kind of song that you are looking for. The slow song "Live in the Sky" to the hype song "Stand up Guy" all the way to the hard tracks like "Top Back" and "Bankhead." With this CD, T.I. definetly solidifies his position as KING.
From the last two albums I listened to from this artist, it sounded like he was growing as an artist and maturing. But on this album, I hear songs about burying people, shooting people, once again bragging about going to jail (I don't know who's worse...50 Cent bragging about getting shot or this dude for going to jail)...and then the all-time worst song "I'm Straight" where T.I. sings "Give me some cocaine...and I'm straaaaaaaaaaight." What the hell? This cd is terrible. This is one of the most simple-minded albums I've ever heard...and coming from a cat that I thought was a pretty intelligent guy but made the wrong choices, I'm EXTREMELY disappointed. Hip-Hop is going down the drain. I wonder how much Common had to be paid to get on this trash. The only good parts were "Why You Wanna" with Mike Epps and some lady who were having the most hilarious break up. "Why You Wanna" was cool. His delivery on "Stand Up Guy" was commendable...but the rest of this album...WACK!
TI has dont it again, personally I think that KING is one of the best albums of 2005! The collabo with UGK is the best collabo since Kanye West & Jamie Foxx. I can't wait until the next TI album.
This CD could have been better. I'm not sure if you know that the CD was leaked on the internet. I was provided a chance to listen to it and I have to say I'd rather listen to it than the retail. It was the real "TIP"! I think that due to the leak producers were forced to go with 2nd best songs to rebound from the leak. Overall, a good CD, but definitely could have been better.
He did it again! Not only representin the A ,but for all those who don't know the Westside, Zones 1 thru 4! Every ballad is put toghether very nicely and lyrically he sounds a lot more mature than Urban Legend and touches on a little more. Bringing UGK was I think the best touch paying respect for those who laid it down before him. I think there's not one track that I don't like! I listen to it all the way thru and there's not many albums I can do that to!