The greatest rappers of all time are the ones who found ways to make the English language work for them. They have a story to tell that is entirely theirs and they’ll bend the basic understandings of rhyme and pronunciation to tell that tale exactly the way they feel it should be conveyed. It’s one of the most unique elements of hip-hop, even though it can be a journalist’s worst nightmare, and today T.I. is sharing another chapter of his story through a new song entitled “My Potna.”
Though T.I. has not released any official tracks or albums since the December 2012 debut of Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, he has spent the majority of 2013 making headlines for promotional singles, either his own or on tracks for other artists. “My Potna” was created for DJ Scream & DJ MLK, who have a new mixtape on the horizon called 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards that is expected to drop in the middle of October. The release supposedly features a number of exclusive tracks, including this one, but so far “My Potna” is the only track made available to the public. You can stream “My Potna” at the end of this post.
Like many urban artists, T.I. tends to keep his future plans closely guarded until he feels it’s time to make them public. We do not know what he has planned in the months ahead, but after “My Potna” gets around I’m sure there will be many fans like us eagerly waiting new developments. We’ll keep our eyes out for updates and bring you additional information as it becomes available. (more…)
Featuring a thick, funky bass line as its backbone, “Rick James” found its way online this morning thanks to our friends at HipHopDX. The track brings together Nelly and T.I. for a celebration the good life, with bottles in the air and dancing on the tables. The verses don’t hold much weight, but the hook won’t let up. You can stream the song below.
And of course the man who owns all modern Rick James references, Dave Chappelle, gets a sample, delivering his famous “I’m rich, bitch” before the chorus.
“Rick James” could easily make it at commercial radio. It falls in line between Justin Timberlake‘s “Take Back The Night” and Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines,” but is unique enough to stand on its own merit. Comment below and let us know your thoughts. (more…)
Set in black and white, the official video for “Check This, Dig That” ushers in a return to an earlier sense of self for T.I. The boy who became a man before our eyes delivers an ignorant jam filled with a love for snare that knows no end. Trae Tha Truth makes an appearance as well, but it’s nothing worth writing home about. You can stream the video for “Check This, Dig That” below. (more…)
Consider the first day of Spring was just around a week ago, it should come as no surprise that Summer tour announcements are already becoming a huge topic of discussion. Lil Wayne revealed his plans to take I Am Not A Human Being Part 2 on the road this Summer earlier today, and we have all the details you need.
Kicking off July 9 in Alabama, Lil Wayne’s ‘America’s Most Wanted’ tour will find the Young Money CEO criss-crossing the United States with support from T.I. and Future. The run last until September first and will feature 40 stops along the way. You can view the full routing below.
Wayne will follow the ‘America’s Most Wanted’ tour by embarking on his previously announced 2013 European Tour with Mac Miller, which kicks off in October. His new album, I Am Not A Human Being Part 2, hits stores tomorrow. Click here to read a review of the album. (more…)
Hitting Jimmy’s new Sony-sponsored stage last night, T.I. performed his Trouble Man single “Hello,” as well as the energetic cut “Ball.” Both performances were as energetic and exciting as televised sets from people not playing instruments can be, and T.I. never missed a line. You can view videos of both songs below. (more…)