Reason for being here: Inconsistent albums in the 10s; ‘less fire’ where rhymes are concerned
Man, how I hate to put T.I. on this list. The ATL MC is one of my favorites, but as of late, his stock has plummeted. For me, T.I.’s peak was when KING came out in 2006, when monster single “What You Know” was everywhere. T.I. had experienced success previously with Trap Muzik (2003) and Urban Legend (2004), but KING was definitely success on a higher level. His following album, T.I. vs. T.I.P. (2007)wasn’t nearly as impressive, but he rebounded monstrously with Paper Trail in 2008, an album that was stacked with hits (“Live Your Life”, “No Matter What”, “Swagga Like Us”, “Dead and Gone”, and “Whatever U Like”). Since then, T.I. has only been so-so, as No Mercy was a bomb released during the rapper’s prison sentence in 2010 and Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head (2012) didn’t live up to previous smashes critically or commercially. Hopefully, the MC’s upcoming album is nothing short of fire.