Paper Trail [Explicit Lyrics]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
House arrest would likely slow anyone's daily routine. It probably played a factor in T.I.'s decision to write down his rhymes for the first time since his debut. A year of jail time on the horizon would, just the same, impact a writer's output, and it has done just that on Paper Trail. Plenty of these tracks have nothing to do with T.I.'s federal weapons conviction -- escapist fare like the number one Hot 100 single "Whatever You Like" and the mindnumbing "Porn Star," where he's barely coasting -- but there is a sense of urgency and a new dimension of self-reflection not touched upon throughout the holding pattern that was T.I. vs T.I.P. And when he's just battling, as on...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
House arrest would likely slow anyone's daily routine. It probably played a factor in T.I.'s decision to write down his rhymes for the first time since his debut. A year of jail time on the horizon would, just the same, impact a writer's output, and it has done just that on Paper Trail. Plenty of these tracks have nothing to do with T.I.'s federal weapons conviction -- escapist fare like the number one Hot 100 single "Whatever You Like" and the mindnumbing "Porn Star," where he's barely coasting -- but there is a sense of urgency and a new dimension of self-reflection not touched upon throughout the holding pattern that was T.I. vs T.I.P. And when he's just battling, as on "I'm Illy," he reaches a level of indignant rage that manages to top that of "I'm Talkin' to You." The M.I.A.-sampling, Kanye West-produced "Swagga Like Us" features verses from Jay-Z, West, and Lil Wayne, but its chunky, rugged, alien beat could've hit even harder with just T.I., whose pent-up swagger makes for the best vocal fit. The cut with multiple features that is deserving of even more talk is "On Top of the World," where B.o.B. and (especially) Ludacris complement atypical wealth-related T.I. boasts like "Cousins in college -- where you think they get tuition from?" The production work also helps place the album above T.I. vs T.I.P.; Toomp's return provides some much needed punch, as does Danja's slow motion, almost bluesy, organ-drenched beat for "No Matter What."
Entertainment Weekly - Margeaux Watson
T.I.'s sixth CD Paper Trail is full of self-reflection laced with gangsta bravado.
Billboard
The Kanye West-produced "Swagger Like Us" featuring Jay-Z, West and Lil Wayne is a clear highlight, as is the Rihanna-led "Live Your Life."
New York Daily News - Jim Farber
After playing two characters on his last CD, the hit rapper, and superhottie, returns with an album focused on just one.

The Kanye West-produced "Swagger Like Us" featuring Jay-Z, West and Lil Wayne is a clear highlight, as is the Rihanna-led "Live Your Life."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678989797
  • Catalog Number: 512267
  • Sales rank: 22,075

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 56 Bars (Intro) (3:02)
  2. 2 I'm Illy (4:06)
  3. 3 Ready for Whatever (5:12)
  4. 4 On Top of the World - B.o.B (5:00)
  5. 5 Live Your Life - Rihanna (5:38)
  6. 6 Whatever You Like (4:09)
  7. 7 No Matter What (5:15)
  8. 8 My Life Your Entertainment (4:56)
  9. 9 Porn Star (3:31)
  10. 10 Swing Ya Rag (3:18)
  11. 11 What Up, What's Haapnin' (5:01)
  12. 12 Every Chance I Get (4:49)
  13. 13 Swagga Like Us (5:27)
  14. 14 Slide Show - John Legend (3:42)
  15. 15 You Ain't Missin' Nothing (5:10)
  16. 16 Dead and Gone (7:31)
  17. 17 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
T.I. Primary Artist
Larry Gold Conductor
Peter Nocella Viola
Stevie Salas Guitar
Emma Kummrow Violin
Igor Szwec Violin
Gregory Teperman Violin
David Siegel Keyboards
Ghislaine Fleischmann Violin
Ghislaine Fleishman Violin
Ricco Barrino Vocals
Michelle Bishop Violin
Carol Briselli Viola
Eliza Cho Violin
James J. Cooper III Cello
Canei Finch Keyboards
Technical Credits
DJ Toomp Audio Production
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Larry Gold Arranger, String Arrangements
Bill Orcutt Cover Illustration
Ian Wright Cover Illustration
James Scheffer Composer
Paul Foley Engineer
Lil C Producer, Audio Production
Kanye West Producer, Audio Production
Swizz Beatz Producer, Audio Production
Mike Caren Producer, Audio Production
Justin Timberlake Producer
Glenn Schick Mastering
DJ Troomp Producer
Just Blaze Producer, Audio Production
T.I.P. Executive Producer
T.I. Audio Production
Jim Jonsin Producer, Audio Production
Matteo Bolzoni Engineer
Jason Geter Executive Producer
Greg Gigendad Burke Art Direction
Drumma Boy Audio Production
Elvis Williams Producer, Audio Production
Chuck Diesel Producer, Audio Production
Robert Marks Engineer
Danja Audio Production
Derrick Selby Engineer
James "Nard" Rosser Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Rob Knox Producer, Audio Production
Brad "Dirt" Horne Engineer
Rob Gold Producer
Individuals Producer
Christopher "Drumma Boy" Gholson Producer
Josh Gudwin Engineer
Brandon "B" Rackley Producer
Balan Composer
Smith Composer
Makeba Composer
The Individualz Audio Production
Harris Composer
Marcella Araica Engineer
Elliot Carter Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    My Favorite T.I.

    My favorite T.I. album by far. It's great throughout the entire album. I think that the featured artists are great, be it Justin Timberlake on Dead and Gone, Rihanna on Live You Life, or Jay Z, Lil Wayne, and Kanye on Swagga Like Us. He's also good by himself on Whatever you like. I highly recommend this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cannot Say

    Cannot say whether it is good or not because it would not play in my car for some reason.But to me T.I is a superb rapper.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    It's TI, what's more to say.

    Good cd

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Dead and Gone

    In T.I.'s personal new single Dead and Gone he raps about the pain of being a gangster and the mistakes he's made throughout his life. He sings about sadness, mistakes, violence, god and the reality of being a man who has a family to take care of with a soulful and uplifting voice. His hip hop beats and lyrics truly stand out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The BOI!

    T.I. is the boi! He rocked it on this one, but he stepped up his game something fierce on "Me Against The World." Oh you'll ride to this one. My favs on this joint are "Swing Your Rag" and "A Better Day"...but fortunately the whole CD is on point

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    T.i I love you

    This is a Great Cd it makes me happy On my Way to work!! ANd it makes me Dance when im at home hey im not gonna lie i drive and dance too!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    What a marvelous young man

    True and new fans of Mr. Harris will definitely appreciate this eclectic compilation of stellar poetry. Reminiscient of the days of Urban Legend and I'm Serious, this album is surely one to be relished beginning to end. I love you TIP!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    T.I IsThe Best Rapper Alive

    I truly believe that T.I is the best rapper alive with this cd Lil wayne is a joke T.I is back strong

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is one of the best Cd's I have heard in a long time

    I love the song Live your life. That song really do hit home and if anyone is not understanding what he is saying then you very well need to pay attention. Rihanna set the song off with her voice and also

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Been Waiting....

    I've had this cd's release date marked on my calender for a couple months now..and it is def. worth the wait..get it..T.I. at his finest.

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