Zach Baron, who we recently spoke to, profiled the return of the return of walking conglomerate T.I. for the New York Times. He’s different because he keeps it real!
T. I. has many constituencies now, not all of them reconcilable. On “Troubleman” piquant barrages of boasts and threats alternate with more tempered songs aimed at larger audiences, which may know T. I. primarily as the genial patriarch he plays on television. Young of-the-moment rappers like ASAP Rocky and Meek Mill are guests on “Troubleman,” but so are more pop-oriented collaborators, including Pink, Cee Lo Green and R. Kelly.