T.I. has been hard at work on his new album Trouble Man, impacting in February 2012, and says that a lot of his recent music addresses his post-prison mindset. Speaking with MTV News, Tip explained how many of the songs are “intellectually ignorant” and how his topics shifted following his release from jail.
“My life inspires my lyrics at all times, so at that moment in time when I first came home, I have about 15 songs just totally focusing on that,” he said. “Out of those 15, I probably picked the two, three most significant, most competitive, impactful ones, and after I’d gotten out, I’d been out for a minute then, I got records that’s totally focusing on speaking to people who can only focus on that and telling them I’m ready to move on. So I got X amount of songs about that.”
Tip explained the meaning behind the title of Trouble Man, stating that it’s a nod to his past and how he’s moving on from it. “The name of the album is Trouble Man and every song on there is about things that can get me in trouble, reminiscing on the days where I used to run wild and do my thing the way I used to do it. I got records that’s just totally intellectually ignorant.”