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Album Review: T.I.’s “Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head”


Old habits die hard. In Tip Harris’ case, old bad habits are immortal demons that he must come to accept as a part of his daily existence, regardless of the consequences that they may cause him to pay. Fresh off probation, T.I. comes to grips with his bankhead, dope boy lifestyle that has repeatedly sidetracked his career with legal woes on Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head the best way he can: by accepting it as a part of who he is, and paying for the consequences as they come.

“The Introduction” gets his priorities straight by listing his daily dealings of balling out, getting blowed, and not giving a hoot over a soulful sample of Marvin Gaye’s “Trouble Man”. Producer Cardiak adds to his flourishing resume of bangers on “G season”, which finds T.I.’s former protégé Meek Mill getting outshined by his former boss, who addresses the media probing into his personal life.

F*ck what they say about my cases/ f*ck what they say about my lady/ f*ck what they say what were doing on that day of visitation/ All I care about is my out-date, and the nature of this probation/How much dough I’m second making/ where I’m going on vacation?

“Trap Back Jumpin” is a return of Bankhead Tip’s Trap Muzik, which reminds his naysayers that he still has not forgotten the recipe for those dope lines and hard bass. Literally. T.I. sounds right at home on the Lousiana’s bouncing “Ball”. His precise and spit fire flow out-bounces even Wayne’s New Orleans-bred cackles so well that it seems like T.I. could have been the long, lost Hot Boy. The auto-tuned hook on “Wildside” seems out of place, which is ironic since its producer, No ID, was believed to have killed off the trendy program as Hov’s accomplice on “D.O.A”. Bad auto-tune hooks also make it hard to take “Cruisin” seriously, and the unfocused Neptunes production on the Cee Lo-assisted “Hello” is confusing.

It wasn’t ’til The King of the South found himself next to fellow Southern royalty, Andre 3000, on the Jazze Pha-produced “Sorry” that he really elevates his multi-syllabic Southern drawl. Triumphant horns and gentle keys ring as Tip rips into a victorious verse of an unapologetic hustler that justifies his rich gains for putting up with the backstabbers and perpetrators.

3 Stacks once again does not disappoint as he delivers another soul baring/introspective verse, which starts off him sniping about why he shuns the spotlight, and apologizing to Big Boi for the lost funds and OutKast fans that may have resulted from his hermit habit.

I hated all the attention so I ran from it/…I hope we ain’t lose no fans from it/I’m a grown *ss kid/ You know I ain’t care about no damn money/ Why did we try so hard to be stars, just to dodge comets?

Andre continues his streak of being the highlight of an another MC’s album, once he stops his riveting rhymes to address the internet blogger who might find personal testimony boring.

Yet it’s hard for one to stay bored with hi and such other well-balanced songs on Trouble Man. Whether you’re a dope peddler, lyrical technician, or a club-hopper, there is something to be enjoyed on this album.

If you don’t care for T.I.’s topics of balling-out, dope pushing, and living life on the edge, you have to take note of his ability to make such a well-balanced effort. On this album, T.I. has learned that there is No Mercy for the punishment of his vices that he commits on his personal Paper Trail – so he embraces the heavy burden. Trouble Man is not an apology for past troubles or controversy, but rather the testimony of a man who revels in it and has accepted the consequences that come along with it, for better or worst.

Rating: 8.5/10

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  • drugmoneysick

    BEST ALBUM THIS YEAR HAND DOWN NO LIE

    • DA BAY AREA

      SO NAS DIDN’T DROP AN ALBUM? KENDRICK DIDN’T DROP EITHER?

      • drugmoneysick

        I JUST LIKE T.I ALBUM BETTER KENDRICK I REALLY CANT LISTEN TO HIS TYPE OF MUSIC JUST NOT FOR EVERYBODY HIS ALBUM WASNT BAD AT ALL JUST NOT ME

    • Bumpy Johnson

      drugmoneysick yet you listen to an informant/snitch ass 222 TIPS ass nigga. smh.

      • drugmoneysick

        SHUT THAT SHIT UP WHO HE SNITCH BITCH STOP HATIN GET MONEY

      • drugmoneysick

        SHUT THAT SHIT UP WHO HE SNITCH ON BITCH STOP HATIN GET MONEY

      • Bumpy Johnson

        first off i got money….second off if u a “street nigga” who gets “drug money” you know, niggas go to jail everyday and do not know who the fck snitched on them…alot of niggas suspect dudes that didnt even snitch and end up killing innocent niggas….U hustlin for 2 years and you get knocked exact spot where your stash at, how the F*** u gone know who snitched ….you just gone be in jail Guessing. and how bout when he got on 222 tips, he on there live advising people to snitch…gangstas dont do that.

      • drugmoneysick

        NGGA HE HAD TO DO THAT SHIT IT WAS COURT ORDERS NOW HE OUT OF PROBATION KNOW YOUR FACTS.. NIGGAS WOULD ALREADY EXPOSED T.I.,, IF HE WENT TO JAIL FOR 40YEAR ALL YA WOULD BE CALLING T.I THE REALEST RAPPER BUT SINCE HE SERVE 1YEAR YA CALLING HIM A SNITCH T.I. WORKS FOR THESE POWERFUL WHITE PEOPLE LOOK IT UP

      • MiiUziWeighsATon

        TI had a FED beef bruh….if he snitched, his name on a PSI report somewhere…the FEDS do not keep your snitching confidential…if you pick out a nigga pic ya name going in the report, you take the stand its going in the report…it goes in your report as the snitch and it goes in the report of the person you snitched on….is why when you touch down in any fed prison, from the rip niggaz is pushing to see paperwork…most of the time you go thru the system with ya PSI report til you hit prison…sometimes, rarely, you may be asked to mail ya PSI and other belongings home from some lockup…but once you hit that prison, if you do not have ya report with you, inmates give you two weeks to produce that report….no why??? Cuz if you a snitch or been snitched on, its in that paperwork…only 50 cent called TI a snitch, how would he know, he had nothing to do with TI and his situation…that was 50 being Fif and on top of that, Fif never did a state bid or a Fed bid, he only been on the Island waiting for bail so his opinion on TI situation invalid…no nigga from ATL is calling TI a snitch…no nigga from a prison cell is calling TI a snitch with paperwork to prove it…so TI aint a snitch til that paperwork come out…besides, who he snitch on, he got caught dirty…don’t know where u niggaz get ya info from

      • jondoe

        U a goddamn lie, If you snitch on somebody it is MANDATORY that you show up on the stand in court & give a testimony. Every snitch has to show up in court with the man he is snitching on & tell the judge what he saw and whatnot, so obviously u don’t know wtf you talking about

      • Bumpy Johnson

        if you a 100 you a 100 no such things as half way crooks…cant say “yea im gangsta but sometimes i listen and jam a nigga that been on 222 TIPS.

      • drugmoneysick

        NIGGA HE HAD TO DO THAT SHIT IT WAS COURT ORDERS NOW HE OUT OF PROBATION KNOW YOUR FACTS.. NIGGAS WOULD ALREADY EXPOSED T.I.,, IF HE WENT TO JAIL FOR 40YEAR ALL YA WOULD BE CALLING T.I THE REALEST RAPPER BUT SINCE HE SERVE 1YEAR YA CALLING HIM A SNITCH T.I. WORKS FOR THESE POWERFUL WHITE PEOPLE LOOK IT UP

      • jrq3000

        Niggas get on my nerves wit this snitchin sh#t. Have you aspiring thugs ever stop to think that T,I. has a great legal team? You know these record labels do have top notch lawyers for their top notch artists right? Anyway, why would you even say da man was snitchin? Did anyone else go to jail besides him? I don’t remember that if they did. I thought snitchin was when you voluntarily gave information to the police before or after the crime to avoid ANY jail time. If I’m married with children with a music and movie career and I got a choice to do 30 years or 1 year, I’m gonna let these white folks hire me the best lawyer they got to make sure I just do the 12 months. Besides, if he was such a snitch, he woulda been outed years ago by someone besides a disgruntled rapper who was mad because T.I. dropped him from the label.(Alfa Mega anyone?) Big Meech said it himself, “T.I. is a real dude and no, he ain’t no snitch.” What man wouldn’t testify in court if his best friend was killed in front of him? What you gonna do? Let him walk, or lemme guess, you gonna go ride on him right? At some point, we gotta realize that this sh#t is real out here and if you wanna go to jail and sleep in bunk beds with grown men like Will Ferrel in dat movie Step Brothers for 20-30 years, you go right ahead. Imma do my 12 months and go home and get more money, raise my kids, and fucc my wife every night. I guess Snoop and O.J. musta been hella snitchin because neither one of them served ANY time right? GTFOH wit dat BS!

      • Bumpy Johnson

        1)How am i suppose to know who went jail besides TI?

        2)the best law team in the world cant give you 1 year after your such a felon caught with whatever the nigga was caught with.

        3)Big Meech gets respect but if he knew who was snitchin he’d still be out on the streets till today. he too playa about things thats why he fell as fast as he blew money.

        4)Yes , it is your every right to testify for your friend but TI sais he a real street nigga, he Stays strapped, makes niggas disappear off the map ASAP, he the king of the streets. With that said REAL street niggas DO NOT TESTIFY REGARDLESS. forget street niggas, even a real white, Chinese, indian, arabic Gangstas and mobsters dont testify. In organised crime they actually kill their own for bringing such shame to their organisation even if it has nothing to do with saying who did the crime.A lot of people i know got killed and a lot of their friends were arrested told to testify said hell no and went and bodied the niggas, even years after…its not uncommon if you from a real hood this is like sooooo common.& on some real shit id let the nigga walk if i cant do nothing about it myself.

        5) Snoop and OJ type are type cases that get beaten by regular dudes with court appointed lawyers. so i dont get your point.

      • MiiUziWeighsATon

        The FEDS are always willing to cut deals to save hundreds of thousands of dollars going to trial and the fact that TI a celeb, a rich celeb…anythings possible

        Terrance Mustafa Dent of the Infamous Zoo Crew outta Newark, Nj….kingpin…shoulda did no less than 30 years Fed Time….maybe even life with no parole….did ten and he’s home…paid lawyers are everything to a crook…and he got that off WITH TESTIMONY AGAINST HIM AND HE DID NO SNITCHING…true story…again, paid lawyer and a willingness to plea out and save them money and anything possible…if he was a celeb he coulda got what TI got

        Matter of fact my dude went to trial and got ten….so imagine if he woulda pleaded out

      • Bumpy Johnson

        What was the dude charged with..ima google him and get back atchu with that.

      • MiiUziWeighsATon

        I stand corrected for his guilty plea the US DA dropped a series of charges that woulda landed the nigga life in prison….he did 14 years….my bad….no snitching and he was on Newarks Most Wanted List and got caught on the run….also you can find it in Don Diva, issue 47 or 48….Birdman on the back cover of the issue….it came out over the summer I think…

        He was charged with a single count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin…this was after he plea bargained…it didnt go to trial…my badhad to hit my boy up for some clarity

      • Bumpy Johnson

        think bout it though, 1 year for all that . The FEDS thats the gov’t they dont care about how much money you have. There is only 1 way to help the FEDS….TIs case is a factual case. like its not some probable/maybe/ accused type shit, its straight fact he got caught. In and Out, from the crib to the whips and he was a customer to a FED supplier so he was FUKKED in and out… He most definitely dropped the dime, if he caught a weed case that year he would probably have done the same amount of time. let alone silencers and machine guns which are both reaaaally prohibited to just purchase.

      • MiiUziWeighsATon

        Bruh…where is the paperwork…in the FED prison system if you falsely accuse a nigga of snitching you could lose ya life, thas how serious this shyt is…stranger shyt has happened bruh…like I said, my boy Mustafa was a kingpin…his hood alone his team was moving 20 to 30 birds, all ground work, vials and shyt a week then he was wholesaling birds all over town and outta state…he was supposed to get life no parole but walked away with 14 yrs…he home, chilling with a clear conscious…paid lawyers an a plea bargain…multiple counts get dropped to one..

        A paid lawyer got me a 3rd degree aggravated assault wit a weapon…FOR A PLEA DEAL ON AN ATTEMPTED MURDER BEEF….I did 27 months….my first bid….easy…paid lawyer work…
        The nigga I shot, shot me too he did more time than me but only cuz he was a repeat offender with a public defender…
        did I mention my lawyer was my uncles attorney, my uncle threw signs at the judge, both being masons and all, a recess was called, the lawyersand judge had a little huddle and that deal I got came outta that huddle….maybe some record exec on behalf of TI threw the judge some dollar signs, who knows…shyt happens forvthe rich my nigga

      • Bumpy Johnson

        if things happend for the rich 3/4 of the mobsters wudnt b in jail

      • jondoe

        Mobsters are the biggest snitches in the world! You watch too many movies boy. & Big Meech knows who snitched on him, everybody finds out in court when they go to trial fool the snitch has to testify & point out whoever he snitch on mayne

      • Bumpy Johnson

        i dont watch movies foo…..live that life everyday.

      • jondoe

        If u did “live that life” u wouldnt be on the net talkin about it AND u would know that a snitch is no secret, when somebody snitch, EVERYBODY finds out when they go on trial

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  • jrq3000

    King Back! I would hafta agree that this should be on the album of the year list. Can’t skip one track.

    • Bumpy Johnson

      scar face is the king….not a snitch as 222 Tips nigga

  • Jamie Johnson

    T.I. came back with this one! I still give Kendrick Lamar album of the year with Nas/T.I. keeping it close…Just my opinion.

  • Carlos

    I disagree with the review, that wildside joint is one of my favs on the album, yea that sorry song is dope, but it took me a few listens and skips to like it, and the hello joint is ok,not whack like he makes it sound. The strenght of this album is that it starts hard and stays like that for a while . who ever put the songs in order is a genius.

  • Eli Pinilla

    Great work…. but why aint nobody mentioning live from the undwrground from big krit?!?!?! Thats shit Is super dope and is the best well rounded album of the year….. ti, kendrick, nas, krit, and killer mike got the best albums out this year

    • DA BAY AREA

      KILLER MIKE ALBUM >>>>> ANY T.I ALBUM EXCEPT “I’M SERIOUS” & “URBAN LEGEND”. THIS ALBUM HAS MID CORE REPLAY VALUE AND I CAN’T QUOTE ONE MEMORABLE LINE OFF THIS ALBUM.