It has been a very, very long time since I have done a Throwback Thursday, and this is the perfect time to bring that back. The artist I’ll be showcasing Atlanta’s rapper and legend, TIP, who just dropped a new project called Us or Else. It’s hard to believe that next month, T.I. will be celebrating his debut album; I’m Serious dropping 15 years ago, which I will have a write-up about. With the discography that the King of the South possesses, I think he’s one of more underrated rappers ever, and he’s one of my favorite rappers of all-time. With so many songs to pick from the track I’m picking for today is off his King album, that was released over 10 years ago, and it’s Good life. This is a very underrated track that features another legendary rapper in Common.
For most of you all, who don’t know, but Pharrell once said that T.I. was like the Jay-Z of the south. He is someone who has worked with both and the stature of Pharrell to say something like that is major. For those who are not familiar with Common, he’s one of the better lyricists you’ll ever hear and earlier in his career; he was called the Nas of Chicago. When I first bought the King album, this track caught my eye because I thought it was an odd pairing, but one that could be really good. This track also featured Pharrell on the hook, and he produced the track. As you can see by listening to the track above, they went in on this track, and it’s one of those gems that many people don’t talk about.
As I mentioned above, TIP is one of the best rappers of all-time, pillar of the community and definitely one of the more underrated rappers. The King album went gold with over 520K sold in the first week when it was released on March 28, 2006. The album featured top-notched production from DJ Toomp, Just Blaze, The Neptunes, Mannie Fresh and Swizz Beatz. This album featured UGK, Jaime Foxx, Young Jeezy, B.G, Young Buck, Young Dro, Common, Pharrell and the PSC. If you’re a fan of T.I. and hip hop, this album should be in your collection. The Goodlife was one of the best tracks from the album along with Front Back, What You Know, Live in the Sky, Why You Wanna, Top Back; I’m Straight and Told You So. For all you TIP fans, be on the lookout for my T.I. Greatest Hits, which will be a multi-disc compilation.