T.I., the self-proclaimed King of the South has had a decade long run of success in the rap game and this is even with a stretch jail time served. Naturally with this longevity in the game T.I. has a catalog of what could be considered his best songs or his greatest hits. For this post I have narrowed it down to the top 15 T.I. songs in my opinion, representing most of his albums minus his I’m Serious effort which was good but nothing that ranks amongst his best work. Even with all of his legal troubles T.I. has managed to consistently put out great material from Trap Muzik and Urban Legend to Paper Trail and his latest album No Mercy and I think that this list gives a good jumping off point for anyone interested in getting to know his music better. With that in mind here is my list of T.I.’s best songs.
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Welcome to the World (feat. Kanye West & Kid Cudi) – No Mercy (Deluxe Version)- Song off his 2010 album featuring Kanye West and Kid Cudi which is a pretty good line up and this song delivers.
U Don’t Know Me – Urban Legend- U Don’t Know Me was a great single for the streets with a hard sound and lyrics to put the haters in their place T.I. does what he did best early on in his career, make street anthems. Juelz Santana also did a good remix of U Don’t Know me that is well worth finding.
Rubber Band Man – Trap Muzik- Rubberband Man was one of T.I.’s early greatest hits and it is a very catchy song with a cheerful sounding instrumental and lyrics about trapping amongst other topics. It charted in the Billboard Top 40 during its release run.
What You Know – King- What You Know is one of T.I.’s defining moments as an artist when he could celebrate the massive success of this song and the release of his movie ATL. What You Know has been voted as one of the greatest rap songs ever by VH1 (how much stock you give that list is up to you) and is definitely one of the best T.I. songs.
Ready for Whatever – Paper Trail (Deluxe Version)- One of the top track if not the top track off of his acclaimed 2008 album Paper Trail.
Be Easy – Trap Muzik (Deluxe Edition) [Deluxe Edition] T.I.’s flow on Be Easy is spectacular and a song that I personally love to turn up in the car.
That’s All She Wrote (feat. Eminem) – No Mercy (Deluxe Version)- Eminem is the featured guest on this song and I think it’s much better than the Touchdown track they had done together previously.
24′s – Trap Muzik (Deluxe Edition) [Deluxe Edition]- 24’s is an absolute monster of a song. I have never gotten sick of playing this track from Trap Muzik because the beat just hits so hard and the hook gets etched into your mind.
Big S**t Poppin’ (Do It) – T.I. vs. T.I.P.- One of his single’s off of T.I. vs. T.I.P. when he was really beginning to have lots of crossover appeal and expand his audience beyond just rap fans.
ASAP – Urban Legend- Haters wanna stop Tip mad cuz they not Tip
Swing Ya Rag (feat. Swizz Beatz) – Paper Trail (Deluxe Version)- A high energy song produced by Swizz Beatz, more in the mold of a street anthem than a radio friendly track.
Let’s Get Away (Old Hook) – Trap Muzik (Deluxe Edition) [Deluxe Edition]- Jazze Pha provides the hook over this smooth track for the ladies, a minor hit from Trap Musik.
I’m Straight (feat. BG & Young Jeezy) – King- I’m Straight isn’t one of T.I.’s most well known songs but it is easily one of his best. It features a guest verse from Jody Breeze and talks about if everything was taken away T.I. could go right back to the street life. Looking back on it now maybe he never completely left it.
You Know What It Is (feat. Wyclef Jean) – T.I. vs. T.I.P.- This is one of my Top T.I. songs but not everybody likes it. Personally, I really like the beat and the flow on this one.
Bring Em Out – Urban Legend- Bring Em Out features a sample from Jay-Z (Bring em out, it’s hard to yell when the barr-el’s in your mouth) and used to set the club on fire when the DJ threw it on.