Grand Hustle/Columbia has announced the upcoming release of hip hop trailblazer T.I's Columbia Records debut, Paperwork, executive produced by Pharrell, and due to hit retail platforms and digital outlets on October 21st. Beginning today, fans can pre-order the highly anticipated new album on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/paperworkdlx. All those who pre-order Paperwork will receive the album's kickoff hits "No Mediocre" (featuring Iggy Azalea) – a Top Ten smash on Mainstream R&B/Hip Hop charts and currently in Top 5 at Rhythm radio - and "About The Money,"(featuring Young Thug) which has also been a mainstay of urban and hip hop charts for nearly two months. The album track "New National Anthem" featuring Skylar Grey is also available to download for pre-ordering fans. On October 7th, another special instant grat will be offered - the title track "Paperwork" featuring Pharrell.
Most recently, T.I. gave an all-out performance of "About The Money" at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Taped in Atlanta, the show is scheduled to air on BET October 14th. The live rendition is but a taste of the 15 track opus (tracklisting below,) with the special Deluxe edition of Paperwork featuring 3 exclusive songs.
One of the most buzzed about albums of the fall, T.I. has described his first Columbia release as 'of a stellar nature,' and a golden opportunity to apply all of his diverse strengths to his music. Globally recognized as a visionary artist and groundbreaking multi-platform entrepreneur, his stewardship of innovative label Grand Hustle, and multiple TV, digital and branding endeavors has made him a catalyst for some of the industry's most exciting creative partnerships.
T.I. gathered only the best and the brightest for his triumphant solo return. Paperwork was Executive produced by Pharrell, and features multiple star-studded collaborations and guest appearances on the album, including Chris Brown featured on "Private Show," Usher featured on "At Ya' Own Risk," and The Dream featured on "Let Your Heart Go (Break My Soul)," among others.
Throughout his career, the multi-platinum Atlanta-native has set the standard by which all other hip hop icons are measured, achieving four Billboard Hot 100 #1's, and selling more than 14 million albums and 30 million singles. One of the most honored artists working today, T.I. has been awarded 11 Billboard Awards, 9 BET Hip Hop Awards, 3 GRAMMY® Awards, 3 BET Awards, 2 American Music Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. His standout collaborations with some of music's biggest artists include Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Destiny's Child, Britney Spears, B.O.B., Drake, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West and Swizz Beats. His label imprint Grand Hustle, founded in 2003, enters its second decade of operations as a platinum-plus foundry for some of the most innovative hip hop talent in the world.
T.I.'s success in the visual realm has carried over to movies and television, with the versatile star experiencing remarkable success as an actor, appearing in the hit film Identity Thief and playing a guest starring role in the SHOWTIME series HOUSE OF LIES. He is also slated to appear in the upcoming Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell comedy GET HARD due out early next year and has been cast in the MARVEL film ANTMAN with co-star Paul Rudd. His VH1 unscripted series, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle is already in its third season, capturing T.I. as he balances a thriving career, wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle and their loving, blended family of six children. The series continues to be one of the highest rated shows on VH1.
Tracklisting for Paperwork:
2. G' Shit ft. Young Jeezy & WatchTheDuck
3. About The Money ft. Young Thug
4. New National Anthem ft. Skylar Grey
5. Oh Yeah ft. Pharrell
6. Private Show ft. Chris Brown
7. No Mediocre ft. Iggy Azalea
8. Jet Fuel ft. Boosie Badazz
9. Paperwork ft. Pharrell
10. Stay ft. Victoria Monet
11. About My Issue ft. Victoria Monet & Nipsey Hussle
12. At Ya' Own Risk ft. Usher
13. On Doe, On Phil ft. Trae The Truth
14. Light Em Up (RIP Doe B) ft. Pharrell & WatchTheDuck
15. Let Your Heart Go (Break My Soul) ft. The-Dream
Deluxe Edition Only:
16. Sugar Cane
17. I Don't Know
18. You Can Tell How I Walk ft. Rick Ross
Be sure to pick up ANONYMOUS, the novel that Publishers Weekly hailed as a "well-crafted piece of experimental, voyeuristic fiction..." and "a winning jumble of the gritty, the raw, and the grotesque" at http://www.tanamor.com/p/anonymous.html.