T.I. has decided on a new direction for his upcoming album. The rapper announced that he’s abandoning his initial plans to release the follow-up to his 2012 LP Trouble Man II: He Who Wears the Crown, and instead fans will be treated to a theatrical experience on his reworked project, tentatively titled Paperwork: The Motion Picture, which will include production from Pharrell.
“I tell Pharrell and the rest of the gang over here, we set the bar extremely high,” he tells XXL. “And we are incredibly hard on ourselves in what should and what should not be accepted.”
Tip also revealed that he has collaborated with Justin Timberlake on a DJ Toomp-produced record called “Trap Me Up.” T.I. says, “It’s an awesome record JT blessed me with.”
The rapper adds he has even more songs that he’s cooking up with Pharrell. “We probably done recorded 14 records. Pharrell and I alone. Words couldn’t even begin to describe how cutting-edge, left-field and just how broad these records are,” Tip says.
T.I. adds that his new material has a Curtis Mayfield and Bobby Womack vibe, but he’s just discovered “a new way to present it to the world because it has that thing that Pharrell does to music that sets it apart from any and everything else that’s being played.”
While he remained mum on the release date, Tip summed up the project in three words: “It’s incredible work.”
The set will be his ninth studio album.
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