T.I. said he wants to spend the time before his upcoming prison stint with his family, but the Grand Hustle rapper surprised many when he popped up onstage with Young Jeezy and Ludacris last weekend in Atlanta.
His plans may include a family vacation and seeing one more birthday, as Tip told MTV News’ Sway during their interview that airs Tuesday evening during “T.I.’s Road to Redemption: The Reckoning.” But T.I. also intends to re-release his album Paper Trail with new tracks before the year’s end, so an appearance here and there to tease some new records might be in order.
T.I. said the project will include five additional songs. He acknowledged he has a number of tracks he’s already recorded to choose from: an early, leaked version of Paper Trail featured collaborations with The-Dream (”Like I Do”) and Ciara (”My Dear”) that didn’t make the initial commercial release of the album. The rapper also has his hands on a Kanye West verse that was scrapped from the album to make way for the Roc-A-Fella star’s guest turn on “Swagga Like Us.”
“I’m still in the process of picking the songs,” T.I. said. “But I’m also still recording. I’m able to record any time — through the best of times and through the worst of times, I’m still able to record. It may change the sort of song you do, but you never can tell. You never know until that moment gets there.”
Paper Trail was by far T.I.’s biggest album to date. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard albums chart and sold more than half a million copies during its first week of release.
A representative for Atlantic records confirmed Paper Trail’s re-release to MTV News, but a date for the project has not been set yet as of press time.