T.I. On His Decision To Drop New Year’s Day Mixtape

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(T.I. on dropping a new mixtape)

By Nadeska Alexis

In the process of crafting his 8th album Trouble Man, T.I. recorded 50 songs, so it seemed only natural for him to share the extras on a mixtape, right? When MTV News questioned T.I. about that possibility recently, he was still undecided. “I’m flirting with the idea of putting out a mixtape, and I haven’t completely decided but that’s definitely not for a lack of material,” he said. “The problem is that when I do a mixtape, I dive all the way in.” Well, looks like Tip decided to jump in head first, because on Monday night (December 12) he announced that he’ll be dropping a new mixtape on New Year’s Day.

The Announcement: “Breaking News! Its official…I’m puttin out a mixtape midnight Jan.1 2012 called #Fuckdacityup Wanna be the 1st thing yall hear nxt year. When da ball drop…We drop!!!! Out wit da old,in wit da TRUE!!!! Atown…. Weeee Baaaaaack!!!!!”

While weighing his decision on whether or not he should drop the mixtape—“I put so much stuff on there [mixtapes] and people say—no! hold that for the album, but I put it on there anyway so I’ve got to really wrap my mind around that idea— T.I. had one additional message for fans.

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“I’m going to continue to present music and every time I present music, please don’t get hung up on whether or not it’s a single,” he said. “Just listen to the music and enjoy it, okay? That’s all i ask. Don’t try and lock me down and force me to commit to one song or another—because I’ve got a lot of songs. Just listen to the music and enjoy it. There should be no commitment when it comes to music, we should be free to listen to as much music as much as we like.”