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T.I., Duffy, and Charlie Wilson albums in stores today: Which ones will you buy?

ti-duffy-wilsonToday marks the release of albums from T.I., Duffy, and Charlie Wilson. T.I.’s No Mercy, whose sales will no doubt be affected by his incarceration, is a solid effort. Here he’s apologetic at times. But more often than not, he’s the brash rhymer we know him to be. R&B icon Charlie Wilson returns with another EW-revered effort, rife with smooth tunes and a few bouncy dance tracks as well. While Duffy’s Endlessly finds her teaming up with ’60s writer Albert Hammond for some more retro stylings.

Which albums are you looking out for this week? Let us know.

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T.I. blasts hypocrites and suggests he's the next Tupac in 'No Mercy' video: Watch here

T.I. sits somewhere between remorseful and irritated in the video for his new album’s title track, The-Dream-assisted “No Mercy.” Sitting in a church, the now-incarcerated rhymer blames poor school systems, poor upbringings, and hypocrite haters for his current issues with the law, while taking some of the blame for possibly blowing amazing opportunities afforded to him by his talent. He also likens himself to slain rapper Tupac Shakur, who also had numerous run-ins with the law before being shot.

“Could it be possibly the second coming of ‘Pac is me?” he asks in the song. “Remember that? When he was here? And when he died you realized you need him here? God with me, partner. Ain’t no one for me to fear.” T.I. also says the money and success he’s earned just make it harder to believe that his life is still a rough one. “You can be for certain ain’t nobody perfect. But when you’re rich, nobody gives a s—, no mercy.”

True as that may be, it’s difficult to feel for a person as gifted and [seemingly] financially well off as T.I. when he makes so many ill-advised, potentially career-ending mistakes. If he’s to be held at the same regard as his peers, then he has to be able compete with them. And that can’t be done from jail. Jay-Z, an admitted former drug dealer, has been on the up and up for more than a decade now. And for all the bonehead moves Kanye West is criticized for, he’s at least managed to avoid the revolving door that sometimes appears to vacuum rappers into jails and courthouses.

Watch T.I. plead his case after the jump and let us know what you think of the video.


T.I. performs 'What You Know' on his VH1 Storytellers: Check out the EW exclusive here

On the heels of T.I.‘s No Mercy release, VH1 will air their latest edition of Storytellers–featuring the Atlanta rap star this Friday (Dec. 10) at 11 pm. Recorded months ago when Mercy was still entitled King Uncaged and T.I. was still a free man, the show mostly focuses on the stories behind his biggest hits as well as old cuts he’s hardly performed, rather than even a few songs from his new offering. In this EW exclusive clip, he explains what inspired his chart-topping 2006 single “What You Know.”  It was recorded while he was filming ATL,  his first movie and, well, I’ll let him explain it himself. Check out the clip after the jump.


New T.I. track feat. Christina Aguilera, 'Castle Walls': Hear it here

TI-AguileraImage Credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesThough he is currently living behind walls of a different kind, T.I.’s “Castle Walls” hit the internet today, featuring a melancholy chorus courtesy of one Christina Burlesque Aguilera that goes, in part: “Everyone thinks that I have it all / but it’s so empty living behind / these castle walls (these castle walls) / If I should tumble if I should fall would anyone hear me / screaming behind these castle walls?”

It’s a mournful, lonely song, the latest in a line of Trust Me, The Platinum Grass Isn’t Any Greener hip-hop confessionals (see also: B.o.B, Drake, Kanye): READ FULL STORY

Kanye West and Kid Cudi team up for T.I.'s 'Welcome to the World'

TI-KANYE-WESTImage Credit: Arnold Turner/WireImage.comT.I. is back in prison, but he’s still proceeding with plans to release his album No Mercy on Dec. 7. The track that just leaked online should help rev up his fans. It’s called “Welcome to the World,” and it features Kanye West and Kid Cudi, two of T.I.’s most talented peers in rap right now.

The vibe is suitably dark given T.I.’s current situation. West introduces the listener to a lifestyle defined by “fast money, fast cars” but also “fake smiles” over an unnerving piano loop. “If you’re looking for your real love, you won’t find it here/If you’re looking for your real love, well, good night my dear,” he says caustically. “If you’re looking for real love, don’t come around here,” adds Cudi through heavy reverb. Man, these guys don’t make being a world-famous rap star sound like any fun at all.

T.I. kicks a typically nimble verse, full of the chattering flows and casual threats that are second nature to him. But the verse on this song that everyone’s going to be talking about belongs to West. He sounds as furious and focused as I’ve ever heard him here. “You must not really know where I come from/Exactly where my heart,” West raps, his voice rising in intensity. “Or you would never, never, NEVER — where do I start?” After addressing the moronic rumors that he’s part of some Illuminati secret society, he moves to an even more sensitive topic: T.I.’s legal troubles. “They’d rather see a n—- locked up,” West says of unnamed critics. “Why? For stupid s—/Look how they did my n— Tip/Soon as Wayne get out, Tip go in.”

Right now it’s just an unofficial leak, but a rep for T.I.’s label confirms that “Welcome to the World” will appear on No Mercy. That’s great news. Have you heard “Welcome to the World”? How do you like it?

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T.I. calls current prison stint 'truly a pain I've never felt before'

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Rapper T.I., born Clifford Harris, recently returned to an Arkansas state penitentiary to serve 11 months for parole violation, and he is calling the experience “truly a pain I have never felt before and that’s saying a lot for a n—- who’s been down locked up as many times as I have.”

I see this as a real ass whoopin’,” he writes on his blog of serving the sentence, four months longer than the one he finished earlier this year for a 2007 felony weapons charge. “I don’ t know what effect this will have on my life moving forward but I’m certainly sick and mother f*cking tired of going to jail, juvie, prison, the pen, correctional facilities or whatever else you want to call it.”

“I’d have been better off doing a 5-10 year bid one time than going in time and time again for days, weeks and months for the last 15 years of my life,” he continues. “Even though it’s been a long road, I’m still standing, barely but nevertheless still standing.”

“At one time I thought my motivation for continuing was for my fans, my partna Philant, my pops, my grandmama, even for the haters or the people I let down. But nah… I got to do this s— for me!!! I’ll be God damned if I’ve come all this way and made it through so much hell to let it go down like this! F*ck that! If an hour in the dark is worth a second in the sun then pass me my mother f*ckin’ shades cause I’m ready to cash my darkest hours in…ASAP!!”

Read the post in its entirety here.

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T.I.'s 'No Mercy' due in December

takersImage Credit: Suzanne TennerTwo days after T.I. reported back to an Arkansas prison to begin an 11-month sentence for probation violation, his album No Mercy finally has an official release date. Atlantic Records announced today via press release that No Mercy will arrive in stores Dec. 7.

No Mercy, originally titled King Uncaged before a recent switch, has seen numerous delays. A tracklist has yet to be revealed, but Atlantic also revealed that Kanye West, Eminem, Chris Brown, The-Dream, and Christina Aguilera will all provide guest vocals.

Looking forward to No Mercy? Let us know in comments.

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T.I. changes album title in light of new prison sentence: He's a 'King Uncaged' no longer

TIImage Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesT.I. has changed the title of his next album from King Uncaged to No Mercy, a label rep confirms. The repeatedly delayed project is still awaiting a release date.

At the time of his Sept. 1 arrest, T.I. was close to the end of his recording process. “I am completely consuming myself with the completion of King Uncaged,” the Atlanta rapper told the Music Mix two days before crossing paths with Los Angeles police. “And I’ma get it to you, man, A.S.A.P.”

Those plans were interrupted by his arrest on drug charges (now dropped), followed by a judge’s ruling that he must return to prison for violating his probation. It was widely speculated that T.I. would change the name of his album in light of his upcoming 11-month bid behind bars.

The exact meaning of the new title is open for debate. Is T.I. suggesting that the justice system and/or life in general has shown him No Mercy? Proclaiming that his new music will have No Mercy for those who doubt his talents? Just using a cool-sounding phrase with no particular intent beyond that? What do you think? Sound off in the comments.

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T.I.: District attorney drops drug case

TIImage Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesT.I. was recently sentenced to 11 months in prison for violating his probation, but in a legalistic irony, the drug case that got him in trouble has been dropped.

T.I. and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, were arrested Sept. 1 in L.A. after police said they smelled marijuana coming from their car during a traffic stop. According to papers filed today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney is no longer pursuing charges against T.I., specifically because an Atlanta judge has already ordered him back to prison. The District Attorney’s office declined to comment on reports suggesting that there may have been additional issues with the evidence against T.I.

“The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office’s decision to reject T.I.’s case was the right thing to do under the circumstances,” said lead defense attorney Steve Sadow in a statement provided to EW. “Both his Los Angeles defense attorney Blair Berk and myself commend the LADAO for exercising its discretion to reject prosecution in light of the legal and factual issues involved.”

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T.I. sentenced to 11 more months in prison

T-IImage Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesA U.S. District Judge has sentenced T.I. to serve 11 more months in prison for violating his probation, reps for the rapper confirm.

T.I. and wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle were arrested in early September on suspicion of drug possession during a traffic stop. He was already on probation after serving a term behind bars for a 2008 weapons conviction.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, T.I. told the court that “I screwed up big time, and I’m sorry. I’m truly and sincerely sorry. I don’t want and I don’t need to use drugs anymore. I want them out of my life.” But U.S. District Court Judge Charles Pannell Jr. was not swayed, reportedly stating, “I think Mr. Harris had had about the limit of second chances.” T.I. was born Clifford Harris Jr.

A rep for Atlantic Records, T.I.’s label, released the following statement: “T.I. is such an important and valued member of our Atlantic family. We offer to him and his family our continued love and support during this very difficult time.”

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