T.I.
No Mercy


2.0
poor

Review

by ok im bulldogs alt USER (11 Reviews)
December 7th, 2010 | 25 replies | 6,851 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When the title track of the rap album that's taking a 'more aggressive' direction features The-Dream, you know it's destined to be a failed effort.

1 of 3 thought this review was well written

Hop in your ride, pop T.I.’s 2003 album Trap Muzik into the CD player, press the play button and within a few seconds you’ll hear T.I. say “This a trap. This ain’t no album this ain’t no game. This a trap.” Log onto The Pirate Bay, torrent T.I.’s newest album No Mercy, drag the folder into iTunes and in a few seconds you’ll hear T.I. say “Hey ‘Ye, why don’t you let me welcome these n*ggas to the world they ain’t been welcomed to yet?” On the former track, we find T.I. grittily settling down into his southern dope boy niche with Pimp Squad Click patna Mac Boney. On the latter track, we find T.I. imitating new Kanye West and KiD CuDi, ironically, alongside Kanye West and KiD CuDi. “Welcome To The World” signifies not only the ensuing continuance of rapper confessional albums in 2010, but just how sonically mimicking No Mercy is.

Before a single sound is even heard, T.I. has already doomed the album. Before its release, T.I. had stated that he would “refrain from gun talk on the album” and that it would be the “most significant return from incarceration that the game has had since All Eyez On Me”. Firstly, T.I.’s bread and butter has always been chopper chatter, and secondly, All Eyez On Me was a generally mixed album. But this is less of a hot-and-cold album that’s peppered with mega hits than a consistently sappy, come-to-Jesus confessional, and T.I. just isn’t equipped to do it. He’s not armed with the angst and technicality of Eminem, or the emotionality and relatability of KiD CuDi, or the lyricism and intelligence of Kanye West. All he has is his swaggering delivery, hustler background and the boatload of firearms he purchased illegally. So when he pours his heart out and admits he’s not perfect, reminisces over all the sleepless nights, apologizes for being a poor role model, regrets all the mistakes he’s made, somberly muses about the emptiness of fame and riches, expresses remorse for all the people he’s hurt, recants the harsh words he’s uttered during rap feuds, displays the resilience to get back up after falling…

Am I really supposed to give a f*ck? Hell no. I want to hear T.I. rap about drugs, cars, money, and hot women over gothic synths, clapping drums, and a booming bassline. I could care less about how his nightmares haunt him, but when you add a beat that sounds like it’s straight out of a Hot Topic store (the title track featuring The-Dream), you’ve just got me facepalming.

Don’t get me wrong: I hold the utmost respect for what T.I. has done here. He’s projected himself in an emotionally fragile and destitute state. It’s honest, something most rappers are seemingly incapable of being. But seriously, T.I.? Can’t you just rap about coolly and coldly murdering a hater? Deem my tastes trivial if you want, but it plays to T.I.’s strengths. Rubber Band Man has always had a penchant for egotistical pedantry prone to violent tangents and musings on narcotic distributions.

But the production comprises almost everything remotely good T.I. does here. As executive producer of No Mercy, T.I. should be publicly stoned to death. It seems he makes every last effort to overproduce everything and sees to it that almost every successful mainstream pop and rap act is imitated. “How Life Changed” eerily recalls something off of Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach “Amazing” is just The Neptunes’ rendition of “Teach Me How To Dougie” by Cali Swag District. “Lay Me Down” produced by the hack that is Jim Jonsin is Missy Elliott’s “Lose Control” all over again. Hell, “That’s All She Wrote” might just well be a track scrapped from Recovery. And “Poppin’ Bottles” is typical time-of-our-lives radio fodder. Moreover, contemporary R&B and pop vocalists are spread out across the board. Trey Songz? The-Dream? Chris Brown? Christina Aguilera? Come on.

Ultimately, No Mercy is only significant in the fact that it ushers in the industrialization of an urban legend, and T.I, and when it's all said and done, No Mercy finds itself sandwiched between Paper Trail and TI vs. TIP. Really, it's the telltale sign that we'll never have another Trap Muzik or King again. It looks like T.I. has finally been overwhelmed by TIP.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TomAndJerry
December 7th 2010



144 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

fuck album artwork.

this is more or less only a 2 because of the lyricism and like one good track

JWT155
December 7th 2010



9205 Comments


Nice, need to check this out though it probably does blow.

Ovrot
December 7th 2010



10460 Comments


Why does every rap album feature guests on every track?

Digging: Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

Realm
December 7th 2010



2074 Comments


review sucks

i hope you get aids

JWT155
December 7th 2010



9205 Comments


The Rap culture has changed, considering most people I know who like Rap don't listen to albums anymore, singles are what push artists into the limelight and the best way to get a good single is to feature artists who have a large fanbase so you can draw as many people to your music as possible. I think it's cool to have collabortations and have excellent rap minds working together but on the other hand it's hard to distinguish now who is a genuinely great artist and one who just leaches off of others. /end rant.

TomAndJerry
December 7th 2010



144 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

review sucks i hope you get aids


well given the history of my gf2b your wish might very well come true

Ovrot
December 7th 2010



10460 Comments


Aids are bad.
Ayds are good.

The more you know! *star*

TomAndJerry
December 7th 2010



144 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

youve got aids, nto hiv but full blown aids

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2010



30873 Comments


Artwork link please

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2010



30873 Comments


Nevermind, found it

Tupik
December 7th 2010



671 Comments


i liked the review, I'll check this out, even though I haven't even really listened to Paper Trail yet.

AtavanHalen
December 7th 2010



17927 Comments


Didn't like this review at all. Will get this record.

Urinetrouble
December 7th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

decent review, but its not Bulldog standards

PuddlesPuddles
December 7th 2010



4765 Comments


That's All She Wrote kicks ass

Urinetrouble
December 7th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

^no it doesn't, Eminem's features have been shitty lately and T.I. isn't really on point there

MUNGOLOID
December 7th 2010



4277 Comments


why the fuck isn't I'm Back on this album? bullshit man.

BigHans
December 7th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I have absolutely no idea why Im listening to this.

PuddlesPuddles
December 7th 2010



4765 Comments


no it doesn't, Eminem's features have been shitty lately and T.I. isn't really on point there



Uhhhh

illmitch
December 7th 2010



5429 Comments


lost it when you said kanye was lyrical

first paragraph was reaaally confusing

Outnumbered
December 10th 2010



370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is mostly fire. Haters shall hate.



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