Paper Trail (Explicit Version) CD (2008)

Artist: T.i.

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"I never wanted to be predictable or pre-determined, for somebody to think of me and automatically say 'This is him, this is his arena, this is his lane.' I can do what I wanna do." --T.I.


Label Atlantic/q Records
SKU 208793309
UPC 075678989797
UPC 14 00075678989797
Format CD
Release Date 9/30/2008
Author T.i.
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Compilation Appearance The Inspiration(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102 (Cln)
Compilation Appearance Pac's Life(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Buck The World(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Buck The World(clean)
Compilation Appearance Underground Kingz (Bonus Cd)(Explicit Version)
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Compilation Appearance Double Up(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Just Like You
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Compilation Appearance Music Inspired By The Film More Than(Explicit Version)
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Compilation Appearance B.o.B Presents:The Adventures Of Bobby Ray (Explicit Version)
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Compilation Appearance Teflon Don(Explicit Version)
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Compilation Appearance Love King(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Love Trilogy(Explicit Version)
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Compilation Appearance Tm 103(Explicit Version)
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Compilation Appearance Nothing(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Nothing(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Born Free
Compilation Appearance 5(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tm 103 Hustlerz Ambition(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Strange Clouds
Compilation Appearance Strange Clouds (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance This Is How I Feel (Amended)
Compilation Appearance This Is How I Feel(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Rap Music
Compilation Appearance Cee Lo Green:is The Soul Machine(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Mmg Presents:self Made Vol 2
Compilation Appearance Mmg Presents:self Made Vol 2(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hnic 3(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Chapter V(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Chapter V
Compilation Appearance Kiss The Ring
Compilation Appearance 25Th Anniversary(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Destiny's Child
Compilation Appearance Pluto 3D(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vicious Lies Dangerous Rumors(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vicious Lies Dangerous Rumors(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Don?t Be Safe(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Lyfe Jennings
Compilation Appearance Fast Furious 6 (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Fast Furious 6 (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Trials And Tribulations(Explicit Version)
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Compilation Appearance Change Your Life
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Compilation Appearance SUFFERING FROM SUCCESS(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Suffering From Success
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Compilation Appearance Artpop
Compilation Appearance I AM(Explicit Version)
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Compilation Appearance Non Fiction
Compilation Appearance Ultra Dance 16
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Associated Artist/Work B.o.B
Associated Artist/Work DJ Dephtone
Associated Artist/Work DJ EFX
Associated Artist/Work Drama (DJ Drama)
Associated Artist/Work Jay-Z
Associated Artist/Work Khaled, DJ
Associated Artist/Work Killer Mike
Associated Artist/Work Killer Mike (Rapper)
Associated Artist/Work Lil Wayne
Associated Artist/Work Ludacris
Associated Artist/Work OutKast
Associated Artist/Work PSC (Pimp Squad Click)
Associated Artist/Work Shawty Lo
Associated Artist/Work Sk8brd
Associated Artist/Work Young Thug
Artist Influence 2Pac
Artist Influence Bun B
Artist Influence Cool Breeze
Artist Influence Ja Rule
Artist Influence Jay-Z
Artist Influence Juvenile
Artist Influence Lil Jon (Rapper)
Artist Influence Lil Wayne
Artist Influence OutKast
Artist Influence Pimp C
Artist Influence Snoop Dogg
Artist Influence Three 6 Mafia
Artist Contemporary 50 Cent
Artist Contemporary Beanie Sigel
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Artist Follower Big Kuntry
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Technical Info
Engineer James Rosser; Rob Marks; Paul Foley; Josh Gudwin; Derrick Selby; Brad "Dirt" Horne; Matteo Bolzoni; Marcella Araica; Elliot Carter; Jeff Chestek
Producer Elvis Williams; Chuck Diesel; Christopher 'Drumma Boy' Gholson; Mike Caren; Rob Knox; James Rosser; Individuals; Rob Gold; Brandon "B" Rackley; DJ Troomp; Just Blaze; Justin Timberlake; Kanye West; Swizz Beatz; Jim Jonsin; Lil' C; Elvis Williams; Chuck Di
CatalogID 512267
Lable Name Atlantic (Label)
Released 09/30/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 75m : 47s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075678989797
Musical Guests
Swizz Beatz
Kanye West
Lil Wayne
John Legend
Justin Timberlake
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Ricco Barrino (vocals); Stevie Salas (guitar, guitars); Ghislaine Fleischmann, Eliza Cho, Michelle Bishop, Ghislaine Fleishman, Igor Szwec, Emma Kummrow, Gregory Teperman (violin); Peter Nocella, Carol Briselli (viola); James J. Cooper III (cello); Canei Finch, David Siegel (keyboards).
Audio Mixers: John Frye; Robert Marks; Ryan West; Andrew Dawson; Ken "Supa Engineer" Duro; Jean-Marie Horvat; John Fry ; Marcella Araica; Ray Seay; Leslie Brathwaite.
Recording information: Baseline Recording Studios, New York, NY; Echo Studios, Atlanta, GA; Logic Studios, Milan, Italy; Record Plant Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; SoundTrap Studios, Atlanta, GA; The Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL.
Photographers: Sydney Margetson; Darren Ankenman.
Arranger: Larry Gold.
After a year on lock-down for illegal machine gun possession, the self-proclaimed king of the south channels his personal strife into his introspective sixth studio album, PAPER TRAIL. The title stems from T.I.'s decision to return to writing his rhymes down on paper; the lyrical craftsmanship shows as the ATL icon delves into personal issues--speaking on his legal troubles ("Ready For Whatever"), his prison experience ("You Ain't Missing Nothing"), and his fallen homies ("Dead and Gone"). T.I. also collaborates with former rival Ludacris for the grandiose "On Top of the World," speaks on the cannibalistic relationship between rappers' personal lives and their art on "My Life Your Entertainment," and joins Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne for the bombastic posse cut "Swagga Like Us." Production comes courtesy of Drumma Boy, DJ Toomp, Rob Knox, Jim Jonsin, Just Blaze, and Swizz Beatz, among others.
Artist Overview
Once dubbed "the Jay-Z of the South" by Pharrell Williams, T.I. gradually came into his own and established himself as one of rap's greatest and most successful MCs. Like Jay-Z, T.I. -- born Clifford Harris in Atlanta, Georgia -- has always carried a balance of smoothness and toughness, and though 2001's I'm Serious didn't shoot him out of the gate ? la Reasonable Doubt, he consistently grew and began a string of major hits with 2003's "24's." From that point through 2009, when his massive hit Paper Trail wound down, there wasn't any point when T.I. couldn't be heard within a couple hours on any given urban radio station throughout the U.S. During the 2010s, he continued to notch Top 40 singles and Top Ten albums. ~ Andy Kellman
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.125) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[C]atchy, tight, bombastic pop rap alongside a who's who of megastar guests."
Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "[T]he radio-friendly party anthems, flirty come-ons, collaborations with A-list pals, and outstanding production prove this beleaguered bad boy still knows how to have a good time." -- Grade: B
XXL (Magazine) (p.121) - "[E]asily the most complex, introspective effort of his career....Throughout, the King shows off his newly developed ability for self-reflection."
Blender (Magazine) (p.82) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "T.I. boasts one of gangsta rap's most mellifluous voices and more polysyllabic lexicons, and when he combines the two, he's dazzling, hypnotic, virtuosic."
Artist Bio
T.I.Father, astute businessman, fashion icon, King of the South, future Hollywood A-Lister, and hip-hop standard bearer. With all these titles, no wonder Atlanta, GA native Clifford Harris needs two monikers to tell his whole story. And with the release of T.I. vs. TIP, we get both sides of one of contemporary music's most compelling characters."It's really a conceptual LP," T.I. explains. "Some would say I have a dual personality: calm, cool, collected one minute, and ready to take somebody who violates' head off the next. I'm just taking the time out to illustrate both my personas. T.I. is definitely more laid back, more on the business side; he's a more suave cat. He came out on songs like "Let's Get Away," "Why You Wanna," and "Get Loose." Tip, that's a cat that's somewhat of a loose cannon. He's been reflected on records like "U Don't Know Me," "Bring Em Out," "Rubber Band Man," even "Soldier" with Destiny's Child."In reality, for those who really know him, T.I. has been called Tip way longer than he has by the stage name the world is familiar with. Tip is the name he's had since he was a child. It wasn't until later in life, when he signed his first record deal with Arista Records, that he had to drop the 'P' and switch to T.I. - because the label was also home to the more established MC at the time, Q-Tip, from the legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest.Since his 2001 debut LP, I'm Serious, T.I. has become one of the rare hip-hop artists who can not only say that his fan base and his record sales have increased with each new release, but that the critical accolades have continued to flow as well. His hard work and consistency was finally recognized earlier this year with the most high-profile nods of praise in his career so far - a pair of Grammy Awards.In 2006, T.I. - who was given the nickname King of the South by fans and his peers years ago - graduated to the next level of royalty, King of Rap. His fourth Grand Hustle/Atlantic album in five years, King, was by far the top-selling hip-hop album of the year and if you had an ear to the streets, undoubtedly the most-played. At the same time, Tip proved to be just as potent a guest star, with cameos that dominated radio and music video outlets, including his appearance on Justin Timberlake's Grammy-winning "My Love."
Disc 1
1 56 Bars (Intro)
2 I'm Illy
3 Ready For Whatever
4 On Top Of The World - (featuring B.o.B/Ludacris)
5 Live Your Life - (featuring Rihanna)
6 Whatever You Like
7 No Matter What
8 My Life Your Entertainment - (featuring Usher)
9 Porn Star
10 Swing Ya Rag - (featuring Swizz Beatz)
11 What Up, What's Haapnin'
12 Every Chance I Get
13 Swagga Like Us - (featuring Kanye West/Lil Wayne)
14 Slide Show - (featuring John Legend)
15 You Ain't Missin' Nothing
16 Dead And Gone - (featuring Justin Timberlake)
Product Attributes
Artist T.i.
Label Atlantic/q Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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