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T.I. Talks New Album While On House Arrest

Posted By on February 14, 2008

Even though T.I. is still on house arrest, he is still working. He recently talked to MTV News about his new album, Paper Trail. Although he doesn't know when it will be released, he seems ready to get it going, "It's a lot of bullsh– out right now," he told MTV News. "I'm not gonna front. I feel it's definitely about time for somebody to come back out and kick this thing back in gear. The rotation is suffering right now. I intend to do something about it. It's just a matter of when."  Back in December TIP told his fans via a video sent to  his social-networking site that he was 30 percent done with the new album, but obviously he has been working a lot since then.

"Everything's perfect, everything's perfect," Young Dro, T.I.'s childhood friend and Grand Hustle Records artist, insisted Sunday on the Grammy red carpet. "His mind's state is Paper Trail. Since he's been home, he's recorded like 50 songs. Plus, he's writing [rhymes on paper] now, so y'all in trouble." T.I. talks about one song alread set on the album, "Let My Beat Pound," "That's gonna be a big record," Tip said. "It's a different record. It's a record I approached differently, and it don't sound like a typical T.I. record. It's basically about when you got your first car, one of the first things was to make sure your [sound] system was right. The love for the boomin' system. It has the sentiments of LL Cool J's 'Boomin' System,' but it kind of sounds like a Sir Mix-A-Lot [song]. It's kinda got the mood and tempo of 'Posse on Broadway,' but it's outta here."

T.I. said that "Let My Beat Pound" will probably not be the first single but it's defineately a key track as he says "It'll probably
serve the same purpose as 'Top Back' did on King." T.I. continued by saying he will give fans a couple singles when the promo starts for the album saying "Yeah, I'm definitely gonna make sure you have
enough, man," he said. "Nowadays, with the age of the computers, you
gotta make sure people have more than one song, so they won't download
your single then look away to somewhere else."

TIP is spending his spare time from working on things like watching his last film "American Gangster" which hits DVD stands on February 19th. He talked about how he was surprized that the movie was ignored by Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor, but also knows the film went over well with fans saying "It's one of those movies that develop a cult following," he said.
"Especially being a true story and having such phenomenal talent
involved like Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe, Denzel, Cuba Gooding Jr.,
Idris Elba. It's got so many talented actors that … [we] in the
hip-hop culture saw ourselves represented. Even though it was in a
different era, we were represented. It was flattering to me to see such
a high-profile movie be dedicated to the Harlem era."