Chris Carmouche; Mike Caren; Cyrus Shamir; Andrew Coleman; Sanchez "RockHead" Holmes; Cameron Huff; Nico Solis; Leslie Brathwaite; Corey Williams; Zack Odom
DJ Toomp; Lil Jon; Daz Dillinger; KLC; Jazze Pha; Mannie Fresh; Kevin "Khao" Cates; Lavell Crump; Sanchez "RockHead" Holmes; Scott Spencer Storch; Shorty B; Swizz Beatz; The Neptunes; Fury; Fury; DJ Toomp; Sanchez; Jazze Pha; KLC
Number of Discs
71m : 37s
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: T.I. (rap vocals); Pharrell Williams (vocals); Daz Dillinger, Jazze Pha, Lil Jon , Lil Wayne, Lil' Kim, Mannie Fresh, Nelly, P$C, B.G. , Trick Daddy, Big Kuntry (rap vocals); Tony Love (guitar).
Audio Mixers: Chris Theis; John Frye; Kori Anders; Ken "Supa Engineer" Duro; Josh Butler; Kevin Crouse; Phil Tan; Ray Seay; Leslie Brathwaite.
Recording information: P.S. West Studios, Atlanta, GA; Patchwerk Studios, Atlanta, GA; Silent Sounds Studios, Atlanta, GA; Stankonia Studios, Atlanta, GA; The Orange Grove, Los Angeles, CA; Tree Sound Studios, Norcross, GA.
Photographer: Jonathan Mannion.
With TRAP MUZIK, Georgia rapper T.I. boldly established himself as a young rapper to watch and a sought-after guest artist. As if to cement his stardom, T.I. opens his third record, URBAN LEGEND, with one of the most famous declarations in the history of hip-hop, Run-DMC's "I'm the kiiiing," building the assured track ("Tha King") around a sleek "Hit It Run" sample. On that song, T.I. wanders around the rap iconography of the South, asserting himself the new leader and claiming that his ascendance came without the aid of major guest appearances on his previous album.
With URBAN LEGEND, however, the cast list is practically overwhelming (Trick Daddy, Lil' Kim, Lil Jon, Lil Wayne), but smartly, T.I. lets his own lyrical light shine until the seventh track, when Nelly comes in for the slick, Jazze Pha-produced "Get Loose." Throughout the album, T.I. unleashes his brash swagger, and his delivery brims with an earnest confidence. URBAN LEGEND reveals a rapper comfortable in his game, both riding solo and bouncing his rhymes off of others.
Entertainment Weekly (p.84) - "Backed by synths for a sound he regards as counter-crunk, he lays out his defense in lyrical volleys..." - Grade: B