Everybody loves a comeback, and T.I. is in full force with his return. One month after the self proclaimed ‘King of the South,’ T.I., was released from prison on felony gun possession, he tweeted that the premiere of his first post-prison music single, ‘I’m Back’, off his forthcoming album ‘King Uncaged’ hit the internet, it finds Tip getting reacquainted with his hometown.
“sneak peak #2 of the “i’m back” video @ http://bit.ly/b6cCta – debuts monday @ 2pm EST on http://www.trapmuzik.com and oh yeah…the album date is pushed up 8.17.10 – King Uncaged.,” says T.I. via his Twitter account on Tuesday April 26th.
‘King Uncaged’ is already being compared to 2 Pac’s 1996 multi-platinum selling album ‘All Eyes On Me’ that was released shortly after his prison stint.
“This is the most significant return from incarceration that the game has had since then,” T.I. says. “Just given the enormous success of that project, everyone’s expecting the same results. I just want to meet the expectations, if not surpass them.”
On Monday night, the Atlanta rapper premiered the video for “I’m Back,” the first track he’s released since he ended his federal prison sentence earlier this year.
The clip debuted on T.I.’s website, and features him returning to his roots.
Tip, sitting shotgun in a black SUV, is driven to a group of buildings. The truck slowly pulls up to a warehouse in the complex and Tip exits the vehicle as the door to the building opens. T.I. quickly enters and lights a match to brighten up the dark space.
Clad in a hoodie, T-shirt and little jewelry, Tip walks up to a covered car parked inside.
When T.I. pulls back the cover, the camera finds his car, a Ferrari, waiting for him. The rapper shuffles over to the trunk of the import and inside spots a leather bag, from which he retrieves wads of cash and an expensive watch and necklace set. And his shades.
From there, Tip takes a spin in his car and gets reacquainted with his hometown.
But like the lyrics in the song, T.I. isn’t revisiting his past mistakes, he’s moving on.
“Probably just seen Wayne, Gucci Mane, me and Boosie all go to prison, now he flippin’ his whole image,” Tip raps. “Really trippin’, listen dude, for you that’s not in your cards/ Think the power’s in the gun, but overall it’s in your heart.”
The rapper, who hasn’t spoken much since he was released from prison late last month has been hard at work on his album, which is scheduled to arrive in stores and online August 17.
In an interview that was posted on his site recently, the rapper spoke about the project and promised fans a more aggressive tone on ‘King Uncaged’.
“I want to maintain the level of success I’ve been fortunate enough to do, over and over again, over the years,” Tip said. “This album is different in many ways. I think that Paper Trail was a lot more about thoughts; this is more about feelings. This is significantly more aggressive, or at least at this period in production. Who knows? I can do 10 love songs tomorrow and change the direction. At this point, right now, it’s going hard. It’s going hard like classic T.I.”
Check out the video below…
T.I. – ‘I’m Back’ Official Music Video