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. He's embodied literature's most popular archetype--the survivor--by transforming his woes into a reflective, enjoyable album.
  3. 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]
  4. Paper Trail tops them both [previous two albums] simply by being content driven, from the plot to the refined delivery.
  5. Sequenced as the record is, with each personality dominating certain stretches of runtime, Paper Trail feels almost vaudevillian.
  6. 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.
  7. House-arrested rapper defends his realm.
  8. If you can't get with this expediently excessive piece of rich-get-richer, commercial rap albums are beyond your ken.
  9. Even with the burden of sloppy crossover tracks, Paper Trail has enough standout moments for T.I.’s throne to remain secure for now.
  10. Paper Trail more often succeeds when the positivity sounds more earned than court-ordered.
  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. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 80
    His struggles did make for a strong album.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 76
  2. Negative: 1 out of 76
  1. Nov 13, 2017
    8
    Excellent lyricism, entertaining beats, an impressive list of features, all packed together with a number of brilliant tracks makes this T.I'sExcellent lyricism, entertaining beats, an impressive list of features, all packed together with a number of brilliant tracks makes this T.I's best project to date. One of the very best albums from the tail end of the 2000's Full Review »
  2. 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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  3. Mar 22, 2015
    8
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