Destiny's Child recruit T.I. and Wayne to add southern comfort and street cred to theit Hot 100 top five. T.I. kicks off "Solider" by rhyming of his rides and the untouchable Desitny's Child, "Don't even try it/ To shoot at Michelle/ And kick it with Kelly/ Or holla at Bey'/ You gotta be G's/ You way out of your league."
4. "Dead and Gone" (T.I. feat. Justin Timberlake)
Peak Position: No. 2
Peak Date: 2/28/09
Weeks On Chart: 29
"What matters more than the mistakes you make is what you're able to learn from," T.I. starts his emotional song, "Dead and Gone." T.I.'s final single off "Paper Trail," and second collaboration with Justin Timberlake, is about his close friend, Philant "Big Phil" Johnson, who was killed on May 3, 2006 after T.I. and his camp got caught up in a shoooting.
3. "My Love" (Justin Timberlake feat. T.I.)
Peak Position: No. 1 (three weeks)
Peak Date: 11/11/06
Weeks On Chart: 29
Sure, Justin Timberlake Timbaland deserve a lot of credit for putting sensuous vocals and a fluttering beat to great use on the "FutureSex/Lovesounds" single, "My Love." But what about T.I., whose tossed-off one-liners injects another dose of Southern swagger into the track? The union of these three artists took "My Love," and JT's solo career, to the next level.
2. "Live Your Life" (T.I. feat. Rihanna)
Peak Position: No. 1 (six weeks)
Peak Date: 10/18/08
Weeks On Chart: 28
Here's a good tip for rappers looking to score a crossover hit: have Rihanna on hand sing the hook. Two years before Kanye West showed Rih "All of the Lights," Tip got the Barbadian pop star to assist on this unstoppable anthem, in which T.I. claims to have "the spirit of a hustler, and the swagger of a college kid."
1. "Whatever You Like"
Peak Position: No. 1 (for seven weeks)
Peak Date: 9/6/08
Weeks On Chart: 31
With its sing-song verses, irresistible hook and sparkling production from Jim Jonsin, "Whatever You Like" remains T.I.'s most cohesive pop statement. Combined with "Live Your Life's" six weeks atop the Hot 100, this track kept T.I. at the top of the chart for three months in 2008.