King - T.I.
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  • Summary: Atlanta rapper Tip Harris (who also stars in the current theatrical release "ATL") returns with a fourth album, which finds him joined by Young Jeezy, Jamie Foxx, Pharrell, and Common.
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  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. 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.
  3. Though long at 18 tracks, King's still got plenty of heavyweight hits. [31 Mar 2006, p.64]
  4. 80
    Sure, King's occasional lack of originality and sometimes sluggish wordplay could be cited. But that, of course, would only amount to throwing rocks at the throne. [May 2006, p.136]
  5. 80
    King as album title is ambitious and King as album finds T.I. firm-footed in his role as such. [May 2006, p.95]
  6. When T.I. is on, he’s really, really on, and, at several points, King lives up to its own hyperbole. It’s just that those points correspond precisely to the places where T.I. is actually talking about how great he is.
  7. An absence of memorable narratives, punch lines and wordplay makes the songs pass without distinction.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Jul 8, 2013
    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 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. Collapse

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