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Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head

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Trouble Man boasts a sterling guest list of names such as R. Kelly, CeeLo Green, Andre 3000, Pink and production from longtime collaborators Pharell and DJ Toomp. Anyone doubting that a black man as wealthy and diversely accomplished as T.I. can still be an motivational voice for the disenfranchised in a recession-struck America, need to consume his singles: the T-Minus-produced single "Go Get It" and Lil Wayne featured "Ballin'." And those with the baseless notion that the Trouble Man is too removed by Hollywood to channel the Rubberband Man need just one listen of the electric "Trap Back Jumpin'" to relearn the truth. Then again, all aforementioned disbelievers are most likely the same folks who didn't believe the Southern crown would land in Bankhead, Atlanta.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 18, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B008F9E306
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I had to put how I feel about this album in one sentence, it would be this: Trouble Man is a hard hitting album that doesn't let up, and because of that it might be worth buying just a few tracks instead of the whole album.

I grew up loving rap artists like, Dre, Tupac, C-Lo, Ice-Cube and like current artists like Lupe Fiasco, Common and Atmosphere. One thing I liked about TI's previous work was that his music was like a combination of good modern southern rap and old school 90's hip hop.

After listening to the first song on this album I was pretty excited, as "The Introduction" is a great hard hitting song with A LOT of soul. It's actually probably my favorite song on the album. It encompasses TI's troubles and issues in the past few years and how he has worked through them and come out on the other side. I love how it talks about Rap history as well as his history in the game.

TI is quoted on Wikipedia as saying that this album is "harder" then most other stuff coming out right now. He is right, and as he also says it is a creative album, but when listened to all the way through the melodies are quite similar, the bass rumbles in a similar fashion, and his rapping starts to sound monotone, especially when compared to his other albums. My two favorites are "Paper Trail" and "Urban Legend." Both of those albums have great tracks on them, like "Motivation," "Chillin With my B&T*H, "I'm Illy," "Get Loose" and "Live Your Life." I don't believe there is a hit on this album that will find the success that "Live your life" did as there's nothing that gets me tapping my feet on this as do many of the tracks on his other albums.

I will say that the tracks I find the best on "Trouble Man" are in his collaborations with other artists.
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If you r a T.I.fan and like his family oriented reality show, like me, & like his previous albums, you should love this album. Almost every track is banging. There are many standout tracks on the album detailing his life & recently, his troubles. I am not going to go over every track like many, as you can sample each track before buying, I will just say this album is in my top 5 of the year hip hop albums. T.I. has a flow that is really appealing to me, so I highly recommend this.
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Glad to see Tip out of jail and back to doing what he's good at. Which is making good music.

Wont bore you with a bunch of ranting he's still one of the best at commercial club bangers, chick songs as well as street tracks. It's not his best cd but it still better than most the crap out there now.

Here are my Fav's:

Trap back jumpin
Ball (despite Lil Wayne's lack luster verse)
Sorry
Can you learn
Guns and Roses
Who want some
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The last album T.I. had made with Atlantic Records and went with Columbia Records, but I don't got no problems with it. The music of his got me very good through thinking at sharing my inspires and go with the dreams I want to do on the right time.
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This album kicks off hot with The Introduction and doesn't let up until the music stops playing. T.I. does a great job working with artists such as A$AP, Weezy, Andre 3000 and even Pink (I can't give R. Kelly credit since his National Anthem fiasco - YouTube for the ridiculousness).

You can preview the tracks yourself, but a few favorites: The Introduction, Wildside, Cruisin, Guns and Roses, Sorry, Wonderful Life, Hallelujah and of course Ball.

Buy the entire album rather than just searching for the hits. You won't be disappointed.
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By Doc on December 5, 2013
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I am a huge fan of T.I./T.I.P. Trouble Man, in my opinion was a minor step back from his previous work. There are a couple tracks that I enjoy, but considering his older albums that you could just about let the entire album play in order and enjoy the whole album... this wasn't as good in my opinion.
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T.I. has long been a consistent hitmaker and create a catalog of albums with excellent sales. After his bid in prison however he has been a sort of slum and this LP is his first solid release after being free. the songs show so party jams, R&B focused songs for the ladies, and introspect tracks discussing who he is as well as reminding people why they called him the King of the South in the first place.
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T.I. embraces his `troubles' on his 8th studio effort, 2012's Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head [Explicit], which proceeds 2010's underwhelming No Mercy. T.I. released multiple singles to various digital outlets prior to the official release of the album. The overall results of Trouble Man is that T.I. delivers some solid cuts, sounding much more compelling than his previous effort. The biggest drawbacks include some less necessary cuts and the effort's extreme length (70 minutes).

On introductory cut "The Introduction", producer DJ Toomp samples Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man". The sample foreshadows the narrative of the album. DJ Toomp's production characterizes the southern rap idiom intact with solid production work with buttressing hip-hop drum programming, present bass line, and southern rap organ. T.I. Scores memorable moments, most notably the catchy hook which both asserts and confirms T.I.'s status as a trouble man.

"G Season" featuring Meek Mill essentially writes off fake folk who aren't true gangstas but just wannabes. Cardiak delivers exceptional production work noted for its malicious brass and hard drums. T.I. asserts himself with a fiery delivery while Meek Mill complements him well on a sound second verse. "G Season" proves a strong start for Trouble Man.

DJ Toomp's top-notch production returns on the anthemic "Trap Back Jumpin", easily T.I.'s attempt at 2006's "What You Know". T.I. asserts it is time for him to show how things are really done, hence his addictive, aggressive hook: "It's time to get trap back jumpin/get [...] back poppin [...
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