Urban Legend

Urban Legend

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by T.I.
     
 

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T.I. went through big ups and big downs after the release of 2003's Trap Muzik. Right after watching two successive singles -- "24s" and "Rubber Band Man" -- become the most successful hits of his career, he was put behind bars for violating probation that resulted from a 1997 arrest on cocaine distribution and the manufacturing and distribution of a controlled

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T.I. went through big ups and big downs after the release of 2003's Trap Muzik. Right after watching two successive singles -- "24s" and "Rubber Band Man" -- become the most successful hits of his career, he was put behind bars for violating probation that resulted from a 1997 arrest on cocaine distribution and the manufacturing and distribution of a controlled substance. He received a three-year prison sentence, only to be granted a work-release program that allowed him to continue making music (he proceeded to record several albums' worth of material). Then there was the MC's surprise performance at a concert for an Atlanta radio station, where he avenged the alleged shots Lil' Flip took at him while he was incarcerated. And that hardly covers all the events that transpired during the 15 months that led to Urban Legend, the follow-up to Trap Muzik. With all that chaos surrounding T.I., it's disappointing to hear him retracing his steps, rewriting old lines, developing with little progress. At the negative end, there's "Countdown," a flimsy rehash of "Rubber Band Man." At the positive end, there's "Bring Em Out" -- a rowdy Swizz Beatz production with blaring synth horns and a sampled Jay-Z (from "What More Can I Say") acting as hype man, in which T.I. rides the beat while bouncing off it at the same time. Some of his most incisive moments are delivered when the mood is somber, as on "Prayin for Help," where he expresses pain and regret without dealing in clichés. Mannie Fresh, the Neptunes, Jazze Pha, and Scott Storch also contribute beats; some are perfectly satisfactory, none are highlight-reel worthy. Perhaps it's asking too much to expect T.I. to show as much growth here as he did on Trap Muzik, but -- as is the case with Jadakiss -- remaining patient for that classic album (and you know he has one in him) is getting tough.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/2004
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678373428
catalogNumber:
83734

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

T.I.   Primary Artist
Tony Love   Bass,Guitar
P$C   Track Performer
Big Kuntry   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Leslie Brathwaite   Engineer
Mannie Fresh   Producer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
S. Jordan   Composer
Malcolm Young   Composer
Corey Williams   Engineer
D.P. "Dad" Carter   Composer
KLC   Producer,Audio Production
Lil Jon   Producer,Audio Production
Daz Dillinger   Producer
Neptunes   Producer
Jason Smith   Composer
Chad Hugo   Composer
J.K. Simmons   Composer
Swizz Beatz   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Caren   Engineer
C. Thomas   Composer
Lavell Crump   Producer
DJ Troomp   Producer
Kevin Cates   Producer
C. Harris   Composer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
T.I.P.   Executive Producer
Zack Odom   Engineer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
N. "Fury" Loftin   Composer
Chris Carmouche   Engineer
Jason Geter   Executive Producer
Sanchez "RockHead" Holmes   Producer,Engineer
Greg Gigendad Burke   Art Direction
James Lopez   Marketing
Jeremiah Claudius   Assistant Tracking Engineer
Cameron Huff   Engineer
Cyrus Shamir   Engineer
Storty B   Producer
Fury   Producer
Scott Storch   Producer,Audio Production

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Urban Legend 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
T.I.'s new CD is the bomb. His music seems to be getting more creative and interesting. This is a classic CD just like "Trap Muzik" and "I'm Serious" are. Overall, a flawless Hip-Hop CD. My favorites are "Get Loose", "Get Ya S*** Together", "U Don't Know Me", "Bring Em Out", "Tha King".
Guest More than 1 year ago
tha cd iz gangsta its alot of growth my favorite song iz get loose overal its tha bestcd of tha year yo ti keep ya head up pimp
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man T.I. was too real with this one. I really enjoyed this record he came real hard with it. I hope he keeps doing his thing and don't mind the hataz...It's Motivation!