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“The fact is you can’t please everybody”. That’s a lyric from “Sorry”, T.I.’s latest release from his upcoming album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head. While that’s generally a true statement, this song comes fairly close. The track features a verse from Andre 3000 and the chorus is sung by up and coming R&B singer Stacy Barthe.
Before releasing the song T.I. has been building anticipation around the song for months. He’s mainly been highlighting the guest appearance of Andre 3000, touting it “the dopest 3000 verse outside of an Outkast album ever.” T.I. went on to suggest that Andre 3000 out-performs him on his own song, a comment Andre disagrees with. In an interview with Fuse TV Andre states “I know what he means by that…but I said man please stop saying that. I told him…I wouldn’t have wrote that verse if it wasn’t for your verse.”
The focus of the song is centered around apologies, and in T.I.’s case not owing any. “Bullheaded and stubborn, I’ll be that way till I die/But find a [expletive] with more hustle than me, I dare you to try”. Both verses are filled with similar lines that convey a confidant and witty T.I. that is unapologetic. He told Rapup.com “I’ve come all this way from zero. I’ve got no reason to say sorry to anybody.” Andre 3000’s verse also taps into the bravado of the song while also exploring some ‘apology worthy’ life instances. One of those apologies being for his Outkast counterpart Big Boi. He raps “This that type of [expletive] that’ll make you call your rap partner and say I’m sorry I’m awkward/my fault for [expletive] up the tours.”
Andre 3000 is at the end of the song and he raps for over two minutes about similar subject matter. Both T.I. and Andre deliver performances that we’ve come to love and expect from them.
The song has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from rap fans and critics alike. Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head arrives December 18th and if “Sorry” is any indication, it will be an album to remember.