Album Review: T.I. – Paperwork (Score: 7/10)

T.I.-PaperworkPaperwork, T.I.’s ninth studio album, is a plea to his audience to validate his hood credibility. At this point in his career, shouldn’t the expectation be musical expansion, and less about proving one’s authenticity? Yet, there are high points on this album. “New National Anthem” inspires. “About My Issue” reflects. “No Mediocre” gets the party started; while “At Ya Own Risk” is strictly for the ladies. Half of this album comes off as a bit surplus, reminiscent of previous releases. Thematically, Paperwork is clichéd, with very little passion. – Adam Seyum