Flashback Fridays: T.I, I’m Serious

By Anton Constantinou

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T.I Is Serious, Read Below To Find Out Why

Flashback Fridays celebrates everything old skool and timeless about hip hop: classic tracks,  vintage flicks, past gigs. Each week we’ll be diggin’ in the crates to bring you the best throwback shizzle on offer. Enjoy!

14 years ago on this very day,  Atlanta Rapper, T.I, dropped his debut album, I’m Serious. At 18 tracks long it had the potential to be a big release, but sadly fell flat on it’s head, peaking at #98 in the US Billboard 200 chart. As a result, T.I was dropped from Arista Records, and critics started to question to worth, unaware that he’d go on to become a major star with three grammy awards to his name and acting career to accompany.

I’m Serious features guest appearances from  Too Short, Bone Crusher and Lil Jon, and for most part is produced by The Neptunes- who, back then, were laying down killer beats for likes of Diddy, Mystikal and Kelis. The main theme of the album is centered around T.I’s arrival onto the rap scene. References to pimping and hustling are delivered with narrative skill, and, in T.I’s low key delivery make for easy listening.

For us, the best joints on the album are the title track, I’m Serious (feat Beenie Man) and Still Ain’t Forgave Myself. In the latter song, T.I sheds light on the circumstances that led to him becoming who he was then, offering depth where the rest of the album might have stalled at mere boasting. To jog your memory, here are those are classic tracks now:

 

 



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