Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head
The saga of the Rubber Band Man continues. While the rapper/author/reality TV star has had some well-publicized run-ins with the men in blue, he always seems to snap back and his tribulations have made this urban legend's story more compelling. This star-studded collection opens with a Marvin Gaye-sampling hustler’s theme, (“Introduction”) that reminds listeners of T.I.’s journey—a candid glimpse into his life and thoughts that’s echoed on the R. Kelly-assisted “Can You Learn.” Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head is packed with sinister beats punctuated by dramatic synths (“Addresses,” “G Season” feat. Meek Mill, “Trap Back Jumpin”), which offer the perfect canvas for The King of the South to paint with his smooth, relentless flow. P!nk pops up on a touching ode to doomed relationships (“Guns and Roses”), Lil Wayne stunts on the ‘80s-inspired slapper “Ball,” and listeners are treated to appearances by André 3000, Akon, A$AP Rocky, and Cee Lo Green.