Rubber Band Man

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"Rubber Band Man"
T.I. - Rubberband Man.jpg
Single by T.I.
from the album Trap Muzik
Released December 30, 2003
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded 2003
Genre Southern hip hop, trap, Gangsta Rap
Length 5:48 (album version)
4:35 (clean version)
3:58 (video version)
Label Grand Hustle, Atlantic
Writer(s) Clifford Harris, Lavell Crump
Producer(s) David Banner
T.I. singles chronology
"Be Easy"
"Rubber Band Man"
"Let's Get Away"

"Rubber Band Man" is a song by American hip hop recording artist T.I., released December 30, 2003 as the third single from his second studio album Trap Muzik (2003). Production from David Banner was noted by music reviewers,[1][2] particularly the ascending organ riff that has been described as 'hypnotic' and 'pure halftime show'.[3][4] Upon release, it charted reasonably well, peaking at number 30 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[5] The song is included in the hits collections Totally Hits 2004,[6] Crunk Hits Volume 1,[7] and Hip Hop Hits Volume 9.[8] It was listed at number 34, on Complex Magazine's "Best Atlanta Rap Songs of all Time" and number 61, on their "Best Songs of the Decade."


T.I. says the song's title is a reference to his habit of wearing rubber bands around his wrist, a habit that dates back to when he was a drug dealer.[9] The rubber bands are used to hold big wads of money together because they won't fit into a normal pocket wallet. Publicity efforts for the single were derailed by T.I.'s arrest in August 2003.[10] At the end of the song, there is a skit advertisement for "buster card" and the number is reversed, so if you play that skit in reverse, the number is 404-349-5000 which is the number for a Subway Restaurant in Atlanta, GA.[11]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was directed by Darren Grant. David Banner, Lil Duval, Michael Vick, Usher, Bow Wow, Jagged Edge, Steve Rudolph, P. Diddy and Jazze Pha, all make cameo appearances in the video. The video also features several prominent shots of suburban Atlanta, including Bankhead courts and College Park.


The song was officially remixed and released in 2004, featuring verses from fellow American rappers Mack 10, Trick Daddy and Twista.[12]


Chart (2004) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 30
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[14] 15
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[15] 11


  1. ^ Rollie Pemberton (2004). "T.I.: "Rubber Band Man" [Track Review]". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  2. ^ Andy Kellman (2004). "Allmusic: Ruberband Man review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  3. ^ Dominic Umile (2003). "T.I. Trap Muzik". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  4. ^ Jonah Weiner (2004). "Various Artists: Fat Joe, Fabolous, T.I., Juvenile, Trick Daddy". Blender Magazine. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  5. ^ "Artist Chart History - T.I.". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  6. ^ " Totally hits 2004, Volume 1". Amazon. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  7. ^ " Crunk Hits". Amazon. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  8. ^ "Various Artists Source Presents Hip Hop Hits Vol. 9 CD". CD Universe. 2004. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  9. ^ Nooreen Kara. "T.I.". The Situation. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  10. ^ Joseph Patel (2004). "'Rubber Band Man' Rapper T.I. Gets Three Years In Prison". MTV. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  11. ^ "Subway Restaurant". Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "T.I. – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for T.I.. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  14. ^ "T.I. – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for T.I.. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  15. ^ "T.I. – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for T.I.. Retrieved May 24, 2013.