T.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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