T.I.
Da' Nic


3.5
great

Review

by GnarlyShillelagh EMERITUS
September 15th, 2015 | 28 replies


Release Date: 09/11/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The King back.

Let’s take it back to 2003 for a minute, back to when T.I. released Trap Muzik and effectively began his reign over the South. Just moments before officially proclaiming himself king, the Atlanta upstart introduced listeners to the two somewhat inconsonant personas that comprised young Cliff Harris on the track “T.I. vs. T.I.P.”: T.I. and T.I.P. T.I. represented the slick talking, level-headed businessman while T.I.P. was the cocksure hood cat, a streetwise product of his environment pushing product to his environment from the traphouse. Never apprehensive and always ready to bring that action to any doorstep if need be, T.I.P.'s involvement in Harris' takeover dwindled over the years as his pride and short fuse landed Harris a litany of legal issues which put his ridiculous resume on hold and threatened to extinguish Tip's career. The seemingly unstoppable momentum met the truly immovable cell, and he all but lost his steam; following his prison stints Tip got caught up in chasing hits like the fiends he once handled but never quite found that former glory.

Okay, we're back. After years of meager success it seems T.I. may finally be about the art again; Da' Nic, the second installment of his tripartite Paperwork series, comes with a name change from T.I. to Tip (as a knowing nod to fans, foreshadowing a resurgence of ol' T.I.P. from back in the day) and finds Tip bringing the music back to his roots once again to tease upcoming The Dime Trap. The short five song (Nic[kle]) EP opens with "Broadcast Live" - arguably Harris' best song since 2012 - a vehement mission statement for the next step in his illustrious career, with as catchy a hook as Tip was penning back in the early aughts. "Peanut Butter Jelly" continues Tip and Young Thug's streak of fire emojis with a gorgeous piano-driven London on da Track beat and florid flows across the board, and "Project Steps," once the lead single for The Dime Trap, finds Tip menacing over a sinister, sparse beat a la Trap Muzik. On the whole, Da' Nic is a nice return to form for the King, a piquant sampler and solid aperitive for The Dime Trap, featuring great beats and strong hooks, with only a few missteps. The rapping, for one, could be better; Tip's never been the greatest lyricist, but he's had moments of sheer brilliance ("I'm Illy", "Dead and Gone", "I'm Illy", "Swagga Like Us", "56 Bars" into "I'm Illy" to name a few, and that's just from one album) and most of the verses here, from a lyrical standpoint, are essentially phoned in. "Ain't Gonna See It Coming" is probably the biggest offender, as it doesn't have a hook/bridge/anything to break up the lyrical oblivion and is completely reliant on its flashy flows to make it to the end. But the only other real complaint is that trap Tip is almost unrecognizable without trunk knockers from accomplice DJ Toomp, the man responsible for some of Tip's biggest hits. Hopefully though, he's got some Toomp production on deck for The Dime Trap, which, perhaps optimistically, should be Tip's best album in nearly a decade. Da' Nic could be the kickoff for a glorious twilight of Tip's decorated career, but bold predictions aside, it's a solid-ass little EP, and absolutely worth checking out.




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GnarlyShillelagh
Emeritus
September 15th 2015


6385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

kind of a bad review but oh well... yung boy too rusty, i'll get it right for the dime trap tho

ExplosiveOranges
September 15th 2015


4408 Comments


the return of aziz

will read review in a lil bit

deathschool
September 15th 2015


23251 Comments


Nice review. I used to enjoy T.I. A bit back in the day. I may or may not check this.

Digging: The Spirit Of The Beehive - Pleasure Suck

Tyler.
September 15th 2015


16232 Comments


Forgot the is in the summary lol

GnarlyShillelagh
Emeritus
September 15th 2015


6385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oranges: yeah summary actually refers to me not tip hehehe



+ I see you're back too how've you been bud



Death: It's a pretty quick listen (like 20 mins I think) so it's probably worth it, at the very least I'd say check broadcast live and project steps if you haven't heard it already.

GnarlyShillelagh
Emeritus
September 15th 2015


6385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Chesse actually summary is a reference to an old ti track so it's right, even if it does read kinda funny

Asdfp277
September 15th 2015


19461 Comments


what kind of rapper calls himself after a brand of calculators

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2015


56343 Comments


"T.I. vs. T.I.P.”: T.I. and T.I.P. T.I."

is his name TI or TIP or what the fuck it even says Tip on the cover, this guy always pissed me the fuck off

Lord(e)Po)))ts
September 16th 2015


40925 Comments


TI sucks, was never the king of anything

Digging: Amon Tobin - Fear In A Handful Of Dust

Keyblade
September 16th 2015


26610 Comments


he has more than 1 stage name? shit ain't rocket science. you must get similarly annoyed at biggie I'd imagine

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2015


56343 Comments


didn't he have an album about how he wrote the album on TP aka toilet paper while he was in jail or something?

TI vs TP vs Q-Tip minus Q aka TIP vs the universe

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2015


56343 Comments


I'm not saying it doesn't make sense, I'm saying it's fucking stupid
Biggie is a cool name, if he also went by NOPE B.I. or something that would be stupid

Lord(e)Po)))ts
September 16th 2015


40925 Comments


stop

Keyblade
September 16th 2015


26610 Comments


tip is his childhood nickname, which was his original stage name. he then shortened it to just ti. so he's just giving a nod to his early career by mentioning tip. how u getting mad about some shit u don't know about lol

Storm In A Teacup
September 16th 2015


26193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good stuff to listen to and even better background noise

Keyblade
September 16th 2015


26610 Comments


Trap Muzik and Urban Legend will always be personal classics

my self-styled nickname throughout middle school was Rubba Band Man lol. a nigga had that as his MSN screen name in foreign characters surrounded by the handcuffs and cigarette emojis and everything

Fort23
September 16th 2015


3017 Comments


TIP BACKK

cvlts
September 16th 2015


9512 Comments


still like my beat down low

down low





down low







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down low

deathschool
September 19th 2015


23251 Comments


You planned it though

Keyblade
September 19th 2015


26610 Comments


need to hear this. i remember liking his verse on that slick new The-Dream joint and thinking he might be getting back into some form



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