In Hip Hop History Today “T.I. released Trouble Man” December 18, 2012

Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head is the eighth studio album by hip hop recording artist T.I.. The album was released on December 18, 2012, under Grand Hustle and Atlantic Records. The album’s production was provided by some of T.I.’s longtime collaborators, including DJ Toomp, Jazze Pha, Pharrell Williams and Lil’ C. High-profile record producers such as T-Minus, Cardiak, No I.D., Rico Love, Planet VI, Tommy Brown and Chuck Diesel, also contributed to the album. The album features guest appearances from P!nk, Lil Wayne, AndrĂ© 3000, R. Kelly, Akon, Meek Mill, Cee Lo Green, ASAP Rocky, Trae tha Truth, Victoria Monet and Grand Hustle’s own, D.O.P.E. The album’s first single, “Go Get It”, was released on July 17, becoming a moderate hit, peaking at number seventy seven on the US Billboard Hot 100. The lead single “Ball”, featuring fellow rapper Lil Wayne, was released on October 16, 2012. The single debuted at number fifty on the Billboard Hot 100. In April 2013, the single was certified gold by The RIAA, with over 500,000 copies shipped in the United States alone. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 179,000 copies in its first week of release; also debuting at number one on both the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and the Top Rap Albums chart respectively. Upon its release, Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head received “generally favorable reviews” from most music critics, where most music critics saw it as an improvement from his 2010 album No Mercy. Listen to Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head above.

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