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T.I. and Pharrell Debut New Song, 'Hear Ye, Hear Ye': Listen

T.I. and Pharrell Debut New Song, 'Hear Ye, Hear Ye': Listen

T.I. is a rapper with impressive longevity. Trap Muzik was his first release to go platinum, more than a decade ago. Many of his peers who came up around the same time enjoyed a brief moment in the spotlight -- Lil' Flip, Chamillionaire, Mike Jones -- but they've struggled to maintain a mainstream presence. Despite time in and out of jail, T.I.'s last five albums have gone No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

And now he's released his latest album Paperwork -- reportedly the first in a trilogy -- to remind people that he's still an accomplished rapper. You can stream the album now via Itunes.

T.I. navigates adeptly through an assortment of sounds on Paperwork. There's a contemporary sounding steel drum landscape on R&B/Hip-Hop top 10, "No Mediocre," and tough production from producer London on da Track in "About The Money." The rapper channels a vintage southern feel on "About My Issue" and dives into squeaky, chipmunk-gospel for "Stay." He doesn't shy away from political commentary: "New National Anthem," with Skylar Grey, came out earlier this year in the wake of the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo. (T.I. starts the song noting, "I know radio probly ain't gonna play this;" commercial considerations don't matter here.)

Paperwork also includes a touching tribute to Doe B, a late rapper signed to T.I.'s Grand Hustle label who was killed in 2013.

T.I. gets beats from DJ Mustard, Pharrell and Mike Will Made-It, hooks from The-Dream and Usher, and verses from Rick Ross and Young Jeezy. Still, T.I.'s presence and slippery and versatile flow hold everything together.

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