Rapper T.I. sat down before going into jail to talk about his early work in the rap game. "Yeah, 'Get Back Up,' produced by Pharrell of the Neptunes, one of the most passionate, genuine, artistic guys that I've met in the game and has had a hand in my movement since my very first album," T.I. said. "He was one of the first big producers to work with me."
"Prior to my arrest, we had done about three or four songs, considerably hot records, some of which you'll definitely be hearing on this project," T.I. told MTV. "But … I left out the studio, and the next day, I go to jail, or I get arrested, which took me in a whole 'nother, different direction." "When all of these things started coming to pass, Pharrell called me like, 'Hey, man, somebody somewhere is trying to tell you something,' and I'm like, 'Yeah, you know, that may be,' " the MC continued. "Then we had a conversation at length about how I felt about the media's portrayal of my circumstances. And he said, 'You know what? That's what you need to say in a song.' And I say, 'Man, I ain't talking about no music right now, P.' And he say, 'But that's what they wanna hear, that's what you need to tell 'em. Just ride with me on this. I'mma get it to you, and I just need you to get those same sentiments, those same feelings on a record.' I said, 'All right, man, give it to me.' "
TI – Talks About First Working With Pharrell