(AllHipHop News) Before T.I. declared himself “King of the South” and “owner of Atlanta’s throne,” record producer DJ Toomp was the man in the A-Town. Toomp’s early work with Raheem the Dream, 2 Live Crew, and JT Money established him as a recognizable figure on the Southern rap scene.
Toomp later provided tracks for nearly every T.I. project including Tip’s latest LP Paperwork. In an interview with DJ Smallz Eyes, Toomp spoke about his ATL partner’s 9th studio album.
“I wasn’t sure about it. The version of it – I was thumbs down. No, no, no. Because the sequence wasn’t too cool,” said Toomp. “When you try to put a theme or a concept – I’m gonna make this like a movie.’ No, record a great album and build a movie around that.”
Toomp expressed he felt the album was rushed, and he suggested Sony may not have known how to market the veteran rapper. Toomp also revealed he was not the biggest fan of the union of T.I. and Pharrell Williams.
“There have been a few Pharrell and Tip collabs that I could dig, but on some of these joints I was like, ‘They’re cool, but I don’t think they’re ready for this’,” added Toomp. “There were a lot of songs on that album that I felt weren’t ‘2015.’”
Pharrell expressed he would have like to have seen changes with the direction of Paperwork. GQ quoted the Virginia producer saying he “wasn’t happy about the T.I. situation.” P later explained his comments were about the selection of a particular single.
“I love T.I.’s album, he is a genius. There was a different single more appropriate for the current temperature in society,” Pharrell told AllHipHop.com.
Toomp reveals there was a song with T.I. and Justin Timberlake called “Trap Me Up” that did not make the album. He describes the track as an EDM sound mixed with Down South beats. Clearance issues apparently prevented the collaboration from being released.
Even if he and T.I. do not continue to work on music together, Toomp plans to work with the Grand Hustle leader on other entertainment ventures.
“If it ain’t music, me and him are going to collab somewhere else,” Toomp said. “But the last album, I wasn’t too pleased with it though. He knew it… I let it be known.”
Watch DJ Toomp’s interview below.