by T.I.


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There are moments on Paperwork where rapper T.I. sounds as vital, bright, infectious, and tuneful as Nas in his prime, but don't get it twisted, as this vibrant effort is often so pop that it is more like an Illmatic aimed at taking on the chart dominance of Iggy Azalea and not the gang violence in Queensbridge. Fair enough, and a target well within T.I.'s means, plus the fire in rapper's belly is stoked by executive producer Pharrell Williams here, the man who persuaded the rapper to move his Grand Hustle empire to the Columbia family of labels and live in the big and bold world of the Neptunes and their ilk. The results are gospel-seized numbers like "Oh Yeah," where a choir underlines T.I.'s urgent stories of bad luck and surviving in the hustle, or "New National Anthem" with Skylar Grey, a number as brave as its title, where mothers lose their children to the perils of the modern world and Trayvon is killed holding nothing but a pack of Skittles. "About the Money" returns this mid 1930s mobster back to his early, scrappy days with a bragging track modeled after the twitchy sound of Danny Brown, then "No Mediocre" proves T.I. can flourish on the modern, ultra-slick strip club number -- and with snarky Barbie Iggy Azalea right by his side. Toward the end there's the sincere "Light 'Em Up (RIP Doe B)," where Grand Hustle's fallen soldier is eulogized with soul and spiritual hope, plus the great "Let Your Heart Go (Break My Soul)" is an open-hearted, lush, and fitting climax for an album so varied yet whole. Bright, big, and Pharrellian, Paperwork still finds T.I. at the center of its well-funded variety show, allowing him to bounce back to his streety Trouble Man persona after schooling all the Iggy's and Macklemore's in such vital uptown slick. [Paperwork was also released in a clean version.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2014
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888750193025
catalogNumber: 509130

Album Credits

Performance Credits

T.I.   Primary Artist
Lamar Edwards   Keyboards
Tommy Parker   Synthesizer,Bass,Strings,Drums,Keyboards
Shama Joseph   Keyboards
Tommy "TBHITS" Brown   Synthesizer,Bass,Strings,Drums,Keyboards
Bernst Emile   Synthesizer,Bass,Strings,Drums,Keyboards

Technical Credits

DJ Toomp   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Daniel Watson   Engineer
Chad Butler   Composer
Tony Rey   Engineer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer,Programming,Producer
Brian Springer   Engineer
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Aldrin Davis   Composer,Instrumentation
Lamar Edwards   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Ke'Noe   Producer
Andrew Coleman   Arranger,Engineer
Bart Schoudel   Engineer
Tommy Parker   Producer
Brian Sumner   Engineer
Dernst Emile   Composer,Producer
Derrick Selby   Engineer
Verse Simmonds   Composer
Jay Jenkins   Composer
Clifford Harris   Composer
Bernard Freeman   Composer
Mike Larson   Arranger,Engineer
Thomas Lumpkins   Composer
Mitchelle'l Sium   Composer
Dijon McFarlane   Composer,Producer
Jesse Rankins   Composer
Torrence Hatch   Composer
Eddie Smith   Composer,Programming
Elliot Carter   Engineer
Shama Joseph   Composer
Jordan Lewis   Engineer
Thomas Cullison   Recording Assistant
Gareth Dunlop   Composer
Terius Nash   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jacob Dennis   Recording Assistant
Marshall Bryant   Engineer
Sham "Sak Pase" Joseph   Producer
Alex Tumay   Recording Assistant
Christopher Feldmann   Art Direction
Beat Bully   Producer
Frazier Thompson   Composer
Lasanna Harris   Composer,Programming,Producer
John Groover   Composer
Anthony Tucker   Composer
Maurice Jordan   Composer
Victoria Monet   Composer
Thomas Brown   Composer
Tommy "TBHITS" Brown   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Michael Cox   Composer
Amethyst Kelly   Composer
Ermias Asghedom   Composer
Todd Hurtt   Recording Assistant
Mikely Adam   Composer,Producer
Nick Valentin   Recording Assistant
Jonathan Dennard Wells   Composer
London Holmes   Composer
Ben Sedano   Recording Assistant
Godz of Analog   Producer
Keys   Producer
Junior Coleto   Recording Assistant
April Pope   Marketing
London on Da Track   Producer

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