|Studio album by T.I.|
|Released||August 19, 2003|
|Recorded||December 2002 – July 2003|
|Singles from Trap Muzik|
Trap Muzik is the second studio album by American hip hop recording artist T.I., released on August 19, 2003, through Atlantic Records and his newly founded record label Grand Hustle Records. Due to the poor sales on T.I.'s debut album I'm Serious (2001), T.I. asked for a joint venture deal with Arista Records or he be released from his contract; he was subsequently dropped from the label. In 2003, T.I. launched Grand Hustle Records with his longtime business partner Jason Geter and signed a new deal with Atlantic Records.
The album spawned the hit singles "24's", "Be Easy", "Rubber Band Man", and "Let's Get Away". The album features guest appearances from 8Ball & MJG, Jazze Pha, Bun B and Mac Boney. With T.I.'s longtime record producer DJ Toomp serving as an executive producer for this album. Trap Muzik debuted at number 4 on the US Billboard 200 and number 2 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 110,000 copies in the first week. The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Upon its release, Trap Muzik received generally favorable reviews from most music critics, who generally regarded it as a major improvement from I'm Serious. In 2012, Complex named the album one of the classic albums of the last decade.
Due to the poor commercial reception of his debut album I'm Serious (2001), T.I. asked for a joint venture deal with Arista Records or to be released from his contract; he was subsequently dropped from the label. He then formed his own record label, Grand Hustle Records, with his longtime business partner Jason Geter, and began releasing mixtapes with the assistance of one of his disc jockeys, DJ Drama. T.I.'s mixtapes eventually earned attention from record labels such as Warner Bros. Records, Universal Records, Epic Records, and Columbia Records. T.I. ultimately signed a joint venture deal with Atlantic Records that year.
In an interview with Stereogum, he explained that "It's called trap music, so you know it's gonna be dealing with all aspects of the trap. And if you don't know what the trap is, that's basically where drugs are sold. In this country, the majority of us live in a neighborhood where drugs are sold, whether we like it or not. Whether you in the trap selling dope, whether you in the trap buying dope, whether you in the trap trying to get out - whatever the case may be, I'm trying to deal with all aspects of that lifestyle."
Also when speaking on the album, T.I. explained that "It's informative for people who don't know nothing about that side of life and wonder why somebody they know that live on that side of life act the way they do or do the things they do. So it's informative for them and maybe it can help them deal with these people, help them relate to these people, help them understand, help them to see their point of view a little better".
T.I. also stated his second album showed a different insight than his first: "It's another outlook on the trap. Before, trappin' was cool, but now trappin' ain't cool. It's necessary for some, but no, it ain't cool - even if you a hustler. All the hustlers I know - sellin' dope is the last thing they wanna do. If you a real hustler, you gon' move on to bigger and better things."
Release and promotion
"24's" was the first official single to be released from Trap Muzik. The single entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 78, it charted at number 27 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and at number 15 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. "Be Easy" was the second official single from the album, peaking at number 55 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single was Produced by DJ Toomp.
"Rubber Band Man" was the third official single from the album. Upon release, it charted reasonably well, peaking at number 30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It charted at number 15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and at number 11 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. David Banner's production was noted by music reviewers, particularly the ascending organ riff that has been described as 'hypnotic' and 'pure halftime show'. The song is included in the hits collections Totally Hits 2004, Crunk Hits Volume 1, and Hip Hop Hits Volume 9. 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. Publicity efforts for the single were derailed by T.I.'s arrest in August 2003.
"Let's Get Away" was the fourth and final official single from the album. The single entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 35, it charted at number 17 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, at number 10 on the Hot Rap Songs chart, and at number 16 on the Rhythmic Top 40.
Upon its release, Trap Muzik received generally favorable reviews from most music critics. Most critics saw it as a major improvement over his first album, I'm Serious. According to About.com, Trap Muzik is the highest rated T.I. album to date. In 2010, Rhapsody called it one of the top "coke rap" albums of all time. Entertainment Weekly claimed that "This Atlanta rapper's self-coronation as King of the South is belied by the very ordinariness of his lyrics and flow. Only when T.I. breaks from his static Southern comfort zone does he distinguish himself. Let's Get Away interpolates Aretha for a satisfying slice of G-funk, and the introspective No Mo Talk offers a glimpse of greatness for a would-be king." Rolling Stone gave the album a 3 out of 5 stars, saying "[T.I.] is a hustler with a conscience and a heart....[T]he limber linguist is at his best when he's dissecting the minutiae of the game..." Prefix Magazine praised David Banner and Kanye West's production.
Trap Muzik was a commercial success. The album peaked at #4 on the US Billboard 200 and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums selling well over 110,000 copies on its first week. On June 1, 2007, the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for sales of over a million copies in the United States. To date, the album has sold 1,070,000 copies in the United States.
|1.||"Trap Muzik" (featuring Mac Boney)||Clifford Harris, Jr., San "Chez" Holmes, DJ Toomp||4:00|
|2.||"I Can't Quit"||Benny "Dada" Tillman, Carlos "Los Vegas" Thornton||4:17|
|3.||"Be Easy"||DJ Toomp||3:18|
|4.||"No More Talk"||San "Chez" Holmes||3:53|
|5.||"Doin' My Job"||Kanye West||4:13|
|6.||"Let's Get Away" (featuring Jazze Pha)||Jazze Pha||4:37|
|8.||"Rubber Band Man"||David Banner||5:47|
|9.||"Look What I Got"||DJ Toomp||3:05|
|10.||"I Still Luv You"||Nick Fury||4:58|
|11.||"Let Me Tell You Something"||Kanye West||3:40|
|12.||"T.I. vs. T.I.P."||Clifford Harris, Jr.||3:52|
|13.||"Bezzle" (featuring 8Ball & MJG & Bun B)||DJ Toomp||4:54|
|14.||"Kingofdasouth"||Ryan "LiquidSound" Katz||5:00|
|15.||"Be Better Than Me"||San "Chez" Holmes||5:00|
|16.||"Long Live da Game"||San "Chez" Holmes||2:14|
|17.||"Rubber Band Man" (Remix) (featuring Twista, Trick Daddy & Mack 10)||David Banner||4:32|
- "Be Easy" contains a samples of "Somebody To Love" by Al Wilson[?]
- "No More Talk" contains a samples of "Can't Find The Judge" by Gary Wright
- "Doin' My Job" contains a samples of "I'm Just Doin My Job" by Bloodstone
- "Let's Get Away" contains a samples of "Day Dreaming" by Aretha Franklin
- "I Still Luv You" contains a samples of "She Only A Woman" by The O'Jays
- "Let Me Tell You Something" contains a samples of "I Want to Be Your Man" by Zapp & Roger
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,070,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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