T.I. may be serving out an 11-month sentence for a parole violation, but his name hasn’t left the headlines: An episode of VH1 Storytellers will air on December 10, just three days after his new LP No Mercy comes out.
The show, which was filmed at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom just before he went to prison, finds the MC performing songs from his new LP as well as past hits, including “Rubber Band Man,” “Live in the Sky” and “Bring ‘Em Out.”
At one point during the show, T.I. talks pointedly about his new LP, referring to his return to prison by saying that the album “represents some of my best work, inspired by my most recent best and worst life experiences. They say adversity brings forth inspiration, so y’all can imagine how inspired I’ve been.”
A track from the album, a collaboration with Eminem called “All She Wrote,” hit the Internet on Tuesday. While the two MCs spend most of the song talking about their greatness or insulting an unnamed woman, T.I. does kick one line that could be referencing his past incarceration on weapons-possession charges: “I’m paid/ Never gon’ be poor again/ [Never] see me posted in anything, wearing any chain/ You never gon’ see me toting anything/ All you gon see is BANG!”
T.I.’s verses are strong, but Eminem steals the show by firing off some astonishingly fast rhymes: “Life is too short and I got no time to sit around just wasting it/ So I pace this shit a little bit quicker/ That clock’s racing in double time/ But I still spit triple the amount of insults in a tenth of the time/ It may take you pricks to catch on, while you strong-arm like Stretch Armstrong.”
T.I. ft. Eminem – All She Wrote [NahRight.com]