King - T.I.
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. T.I. is the whole package: gritty, smooth, smart, dangerous, introspective, and wise.
  2. T.I.'s Southern drawl bends pedestrian phrases into irresistible melodies hotter than the summer streets to come.
  3. From the thumping energy of the Just Blaze beats and fiery rap rhetorhic of "I'm Talkin' to You" to the smoothed soulful Khao Cates beats on the "miss you girl" narrative of "Hello," Atlanta's self-proclaimed king wears many different crowns and they all seem to fit him well.
  4. T.I.'s confidence seems effortless and second-nature, his self-aggrandizement turning relentless and convincing.
  5. Though long at 18 tracks, King's still got plenty of heavyweight hits. [31 Mar 2006, p.64]
  6. The disc is all over the map, moving from booming dance cuts to gangsta fare, but it satisfies with crunk-tacular gems like "What You Know."
  7. 83
    [He] still knows how to make palpitating street anthems. [May 2006, p.91]
  8. Even on the tracks with mediocre melodies and concepts, T.I. plugs away at the beat and never loses control of King.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Jul 8, 2013
    10
    King is something that hip hop has never heard before. It's never been attempted by any other artist, yet T.I. has perfected it and has hitKing is something that hip hop has never heard before. It's never been attempted by any other artist, yet T.I. has perfected it and has hit the game with an instant classic. The all time great artist is at the top of his game in the all time great album King. His unmatched lyrical ability and wordplay is on full display in this one. The sound and production in this album is a big contribution to what makes this an all time great and is the biggest stand out element in it. The features fit right in with the sound and theme of each individual song throughout. I didn't detect a single weak point in the entire album. The only ones that hate on this album, are people who know that they can't deny his proclomation of being King, in this album and throughout the course of his career. King is one of the greatest classics in the history of hip hop and will remain that way as long as it shall live. Full Review »
  2. Ghettostyle
    Aug 12, 2008
    10
    Album is nasty. Intro is sick.
  3. MusicLover
    Oct 21, 2007
    8
    This album was amazing. It wasn't perfect. He could've touched on different subjects. However, in an era of copycats rapping about This album was amazing. It wasn't perfect. He could've touched on different subjects. However, in an era of copycats rapping about the same stuff over & over, nobody does it like TI. Him & Lil Wayne have that quality. I can't really explain it, but it ends up producing a great album. Maybe not Grammy-worthy, but it deserved to be nominated. Full Review »