The Bottom Line
Regardless of T.I.'s self-ordained "King of the South" status, many hip-hop heads still credit Scarface as the epitome of southern rap. However, "What You Know,"--a certified street smash--proves that T.I.P's star power is undeniable.
- Scene-stealing production
- Intrinsic wordplay and delivery
- Melodic southern drawl
- T.I.'s rustic approach
- Toomp's shimmering production is sprinkled with a synthesizer shower.
- T.I.'s endearing flow is a felicitous accompaniment to the beat.
- Gushing bragadoccio delivered with a sing-song flow.
Guide Review - T.I. - What You Know (Grand Hustle / Atlantic)
One of Atlanta's most visible young rappers, T.I., has a knack for hit singles. His adroit delivery weaves through Toomp's equally captivating take on The Impressions' classic cut, "Gone." With a distinct (albeit rustic) style that's all his and a sing-song flow that makes his craft appear so easy, T.I. has found the perfect street smash to usher in the arrival of King.Once you get past the simplistic approach, "What You Know" will have you hitting the rewind button again and again.
King, his highly awaited fourth LP, features production by The Neptunes, Just Blaze, Mannie Fresh, DJ Toomp, and others.
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