T.I.'s "Paper Trail" (Grand Hustle/Atlantic) is on course to debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week. The rapper's sixth studio set leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released today (Oct. 3). Unweighted sales of "Paper Trail" through the close of business yesterday stood at 357,000.
Rapper T.I. pronounced himself "ecstatic" and "overjoyed" after setting a record for the biggest jump to top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Whatever You Like," the first single from his upcoming Grand Hustle/Atlantic album, "Paper Trail."
Atlanta rapper T.I. tries a little bit of everything on his new album, "T.I. vs. T.I.P.," due this week via Grand Hustle/Atlantic. The set features guest turns by Eminem, Nelly, Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes as well as production from Timbaland, Scott Storch, Mannie Fresh, Wyclef Jean and Just Blaze. On it, T.I. raps both as himself and as his alter ego, T.I.P.
It's just after midnight and T.I. is waiting to go home from Teterboro, N.J.'s Atlantic airport in a private G-3 aircraft, courtesy of producer Wyclef Jean. The plane is equipped with 10 seats, a padded bench and an overeager stewardess tending to Atlanta's favorite rapper and his three friends, who are indulging in a sh*t-talking game of spades over the cabin's coffee table.