Paper Trail

Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. There is a sense of urgency and a new dimension of self-reflection not touched upon throughout the holding pattern that was "T.I. vs T.I.P."
  2. Paper Trail more often succeeds when the positivity sounds more earned than court-ordered.
  3. A welcome return to form after the underwhelming, muddled concept album "T.I. Vs. T.I.P.," Trail is an uneven but oft-invigorating combination of velvet and grit, angst and celebration.
  4. Despite his often earnest lyrics, the radio-friendly party anthems, flirty come-ons, collaborations with A-list pals (Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Justin Timberlake), and outstanding production prove this beleaguered bad boy still knows how to have a good time.
  5. Even with the burden of sloppy crossover tracks, Paper Trail has enough standout moments for T.I.’s throne to remain secure for now.
  6. Paper Trail tops them both [previous two albums] simply by being content driven, from the plot to the refined delivery.
  7. Blender
    70
    T.I. boats one of gangsta rap's most mellifluous voices and more polysyllabic lexicons, and when he combines the two, he's dazzling, hypnotic, virtuosic. [Dec 08/Jan 09, p.82]
  8. Sequenced as the record is, with each personality dominating certain stretches of runtime, Paper Trail feels almost vaudevillian.
  9. He's embodied literature's most popular archetype--the survivor--by transforming his woes into a reflective, enjoyable album.
  10. More lyrical than Lil' Wayne and catchier than Young Jeezy, T.I. has once again proved the fact that he represents an excellent blend of lyrical talent and pop sensibility.
  11. With very little filler and a strong selection of songs from start to finish, the hype that this is potentially "album of the year" according to Atlantic Records may ACTUALLY be true.
  12. House-arrested rapper defends his realm.
  13. 80
    His struggles did make for a strong album.
  14. If you can't get with this expediently excessive piece of rich-get-richer, commercial rap albums are beyond your ken.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. May 23, 2017
    9
    For me personally this album is a classic. It's what turned me into such a big T.I. fan. I personally don't think there's a bad song on here,For me personally this album is a classic. It's what turned me into such a big T.I. fan. I personally don't think there's a bad song on here, but a couple are kinda meh.

    Best songs: You Ain't Missin' Nothing / Dead and Gone / Ready For Whatever
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  2. Mar 22, 2015
    8
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  3. Mar 11, 2015
    9
    T.I. really packed a lot of quality into one album, ranging from other artists like Kanye West to John Legend, you won't be disappointed withT.I. really packed a lot of quality into one album, ranging from other artists like Kanye West to John Legend, you won't be disappointed with the diverse group of talent he's got in the album. Full Review »