In Hip Hop History Today: T.I. released Trap Muzik August 19, 2003
Trap Muzik is the second studio album by hip hop recording artist T.I., released on August 19, 2003, through Atlantic Records and his newly found record label Grand Hustle Records. Due to the poor sales on T.I.’s debut album I’m Serious (2001), T.I. asked for a joint venture deal with Arista Records or he be released from his contract; he was subsequently dropped from the label. In 2003, T.I. launched Grand Hustle Records with his longtime business partner Jason Geter and signed a new deal with Atlantic Records. The album spawned the hit singles “24’s”, “Be Easy”, “Rubber Band Man”, and “Let’s Get Away”. The album features guest appearances from 8Ball & MJG, Jazze Pha, Bun B and Macboney. With longtime T.I.’s record producer DJ Toomp serving as a executive producer for this album. Trap Muzik debuted at number 4 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 109,000 copies in the first week. It also debuted at number 2 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. As of December 2003, the album became a certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling one million copies worldwide. Listen to Trap Muzik above.