Friday 21 July 2017

Music: T.I. - No Mercy ***

(Atlantic)

John Meagher

John Meagher

The rapper has had an, ahem, interesting few years. He was jailed for buying ammunition illegally and then for violating his probation, but he also became an unlikely hero for talking a would-be suicide victim from jumping off a tall building.

But while this seventh album fizzes with thrilling music -- much of it courtesy of The Neptunes -- T.I. is a pedestrian lyricist. There's much he could learn from rap's most gifted wordsmith, Kanye West, who is one of several high-profile guests on the album. Still, the album is not short of songs that pack quite a punch. The self-aggrandising Amazing is difficult to resist, while Get Back Up, a compelling plea for redemption, features Chris Brown, another damaged soul in need of a fresh start.

Burn it: Amazing; Get Back Up

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