Big K.R.I.T. produced the song and is featured on the chorus.
By Alvin Blanco
T.I. just completed his 11-month prison sentence Thursday, and he’s already dropping musical heat. On Friday (September 30), the Atlanta rapper released his first post-prison single, “I’m Flexin’,” featuring Big K.R.I.T.
The song was originally due for release Monday, but instead, fans are getting an end-of-the-week treat. The multitalented K.R.I.T., whose debut album’s release has been pushed back to next year, handles the song’s chorus and production, while T.I. delivers three verses with a double-time flow, using the song to assert that he is officially back. “My hustle grand, my money long, my spot on top but y’all want that/ My position vacant, my crown away but my throne is empty, I own that,” he spits on the second verse over the instrumental’s nimble drums, keys and electric guitars.
T.I. appeared on Atlanta radio station Hot 107.9, giving his first interview since being released from prison. During his chat, T.I. gave praise to the current movement in his hometown of Atlanta with the surge of new rappers and said that the city needs his help. Later Friday, Tip will celebrate his birthday at Atlanta’s Club Esso.
Since his return to a halfway house to finish his federal sentence, Tip has appeared on songs with 2 Chainz (“Spend It” remix), Future (“Magic” remix) and Young Jeezy (“F.A.M.E.”). But “I’m Flexin’,” which was released via Tip’s TrapMuzik.com website, is the first song credited as his own. Also made available was an excerpt from the trap rapper’s upcoming novel, “Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets,” co-written with David Ritz, which will be released October 18.
As for more music, a message Thursday on Tip’s Twitter reveals that fans can expect a few more remixes from the “Rubberband Man” shortly. “N!*%$ in Paris already a dun-datta…pending Ye&J’s approval. ‘Sleezy’ w/Ke$ha & ‘Magic’ w/Future too…what else???” he tweeted.
“The record is hot,” DJ Drama, T.I.’s longtime collaborator, told MTV News about “I’m Flexin’ ” earlier this week. “Big K.R.I.T. deserves it. He’s been working for a long time. So they’re both fans of each other, so sh– is definitely gonna be a nice sound for the ear.”
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