T.I.
Trap Muzik


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bulldog USER (114 Reviews)
April 9th, 2010 | 94 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Tote gats/Dro smoke that/Now I’m high/Seats way back in the Maybach I ride/Through da streets of da west side/I slap five/And throw dubs/Show love, nigga hate or be wise.”

Quite possibly the inventor of watered-down trap rap, T.I had the ability – in the beginnings of his career – to combine catchy music with (both figuratively and literally) dope lyrics. Although he now has a terrible single choice and just isn’t as good, it’s always fun to reach back into the archives and pull out this one. Trap Muzik is not only an awesome album, but is completely representative of the newer, – and in the opinions of some – better south.

Of course, if you’re looking for deep lyrics, you’re in the wrong place. He gets no more emotional than any of the handful of stupid, quasi-R&B, for-the-ladies songs that appear on the album do, and doesn’t really get any more socially conscious than when he states (with little-to-no passion) that hoodlums aren’t out raping kids, they’re just trying to make a boatload of money.

Rubber Band Man traditionally resolves to narrating first-person drug lore, confessing to illicit substance addiction, recanting stories of violent crime (both committed and witnessed), and exhibiting egotistical, materialistic bravado stemming from his illustrious monetary, possessive, and sexual exploits. But at least T.I. is aware of the album’s materialistic principles, and confirms it on the chorus of “24’s” by saying “Money, hoes, cars and clothes/That’s all all my niggas know/Blowin’ dro/Twenny-fo’s/That’s how all my niggas roll.

And although his dopeboy lyrics may not be exceptionally clever, they’re delivered with a Napoleon-like aggression and an astronomically swaggering voice and backed by banging instrumentals. The angry, powerful violins and thundering kicks of “24’s” make for one dope track, and the rise-and-fall Casio keyboarding of “Rubber Band Man” is straight up catchy and calls for some serious head bobbing.

Needless to say, this album does have its flaws. My only real complaint would have to be that the album suffers from moderate filler. The soulful “Doin’ My Job” isn’t necessarily T.I.’s forte, and neither are the bad R&B-tinged songs (“Let’s Get Away,” “I Still Luv You,” “Let Me Tell You Something”) which are directed towards the lady listeners.

T.I. should only deviate from his typical instrumental style when he is trap rapping over the brooding funk beat of “King Of Da South” or maybe when he’s making a decent push for change in the ghetto over a thick, reverberating summer beat on “Be Better Than Me.”

So, if you think you’re ready for the Rubber Band Man, then ditch the backpack, turn off NPR, lace up your Jordans, put on your stunna shades, pop in Trap Muzik, and crank your stereo all the way up, ‘cause this album traps, stunts, and thumps.



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Bulldog
April 9th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had proofed several times over, and there was no reason to delay it any longer.

2nd review of 30 reviews/30 days right here.

I'm rather proud of this one.

cirq
April 9th 2010


9264 Comments


i pos'd

Mars Blackmon
April 9th 2010


351 Comments


I always thought the whole T.I. vs. T.I.P. concept was dumb as fuck but I kinda liked Paper Trail and that song What You Know About That so I'll check this out. Pos

Bulldog
April 9th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks. hopefully prison had an effect on him, and he'll release another album better than his previous work, and more similar to this.

Bulldog
April 9th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea, the T.I. vs. T.I.P. concept was dumb.

hydeyomoney
April 9th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review dude, i'm diggin some King myself, should go check this out.

Bulldog
April 9th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dude.

My mission is now 10% complete.

And is it just me, or are the two best songs on here "24's" and "Rubber Band Man"?


Mars Blackmon
April 10th 2010


351 Comments


I like this Rubber Band Man better...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR2T1fXP9NI

Bulldog
April 10th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^__^

I am not amused.

Mars Blackmon
April 10th 2010


351 Comments


I still can't comprehend how you can listen to hip hop a predominately black genre of music and not like Soul/R&B/Jazz

Bulldog
April 10th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like some jazz.

Mars Blackmon
April 10th 2010


351 Comments


Not good enough

Bulldog
April 10th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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NOT GOOD ENOUGH. :D

Mars Blackmon
April 10th 2010


351 Comments


My 443 album ratings>your 207

Suck my johnson

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2010


28521 Comments


u guys r both losers and i negged (not personal, though, just not your best)

Digging: Chris Brown - X

Bulldog
April 10th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

u guys r both losers and i negged (not personal, though, just not your best)

Cool story, bro.


Anyways foodandliquors, where were we?

Mars Blackmon
April 10th 2010


351 Comments


Gucci Mane takes it in the butt from OJ da Jucieman

MUNGOLOID
April 10th 2010


4305 Comments


yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaash

Bulldog
April 10th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gucci Mane takes it in the butt from OJ da Jucieman


Oh yea?

/trollrates Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde (1/5)

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2010


28521 Comments


Cool story, bro.


i didn't tell a story. that was barely even a sentence. you fail.



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