Well, the album hasn’t been officially released, but it has been officially leaked. Will it be a platinum seller? Hmmm, not sure about that. Gold? Hmmm not sure about that one either. When I predicted 300k to someone earlier today, they laughed. Hard. The streets are very divided when it comes to TIP’s latest release – either they’re with him or they plan to ditch him. We can really only compare TI vs. TIP to King since that was his most popular and most well-received album to date. But if you go with his true fans, you might be comparing to I’m Serious, Trap Muzik or Urban Legend. But we should get it straight from here on out – King was not his best work. It was the best selling off the strength of “What You Know” and his starring role in ATL. Every single that was released was an instant crossover hit, then you add the feature on Justin Timberlake’s “My Love” and you have the perfect mixture for a platinum selling piece of work. But if you think about his best artistic and lyrical work, then you should look towards those other 3. So for the past year, we have automatically considered TI to be the King that he has claimed to be since day one. And not that he doesn’t deserve the title, but the competition is a little fierce out there and you never know when that runner up will come and knock him off the throne. Jay-Z is not really rapping anymore, Nas comes and goes and so the biggest contenders are Lil Wayne and Jeezy. That being said, who will become the top dog if TI goes wood???
You can compare Jeezy’s career to the earlier career of TI, before TI was discovered worldwide. The only difference is that Jeezy came out into the world already known and already with a following. He’s only 2 albums deep but they’re two solid albums and he is able to maintain relevancy without hopping onto the endless remix train. And he’s also accepted by both pop and urban cultures while still managing to keep his hood status.
Weezy is ten years deep into this and it has been a slow climb to his current position. Unlike Jeezy, he stays in the spotlight, stays on mixtapes, stays on every. single. remix. possible. While there is some small debate about his actual lyrical prowess, he has had followers since the 90’s and could easily go toe to toe with TIP.
So I would bank on Jeezy for the simple fact that he hasn’t over exposed himself and I wonder if maybe TI can be faulted for doing this. Jay came back after a couple years and hit us with an album that didn’t leak. TIP has been in our faces non stop for the past year so this album is not quite as monumental as his marketing team would believe. There was the scuffle with rival Chaka Zulu, the leak of his album and the apology of said scuffle. I just think maybe he should have waited until next year. He has another movie coming out (American Gangster) and we would have to wait all that time for his triumphant return. But ya’ll already know that I will be the first in line to buy TI vs TIP even if I don’t listen to it as much as I’m Serious or Trap Muzik. Predictions anyone????
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