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T.I.’s “Urban Legend” LP Turns 16

A trap classic’s sweet sixteen.

The southern hip-hop classic Urban Legend, from Atlanta native T.I., was released 16 years ago.  On November 30, 2004 Tip released his third studio album following his success from his project Trap Muzik which went platinum.

Urban Legend was considered by many to be an official coming out party for  T.I. with singles like “Bring Em Out”; “ASAP” and “U Don’t Know Me” leading the way for great success.  In the first week of sales, Urban Legend was able to sell 195,000 copies and debut at no. 7 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

While the chart debut was not as high as Trap Muzik in terms of chart positioning which debuted at no. 4, Urban Legend noted a significant increase in the physical units sold by almost 85K.

The singles from Urban Legend also earned Tip nominations from the Grammys, VMAs and Vibe Awards. This would be the first time in his career where he would receive this acknowledgement for his music.


T.I. still making moves today.

In present times, T.I. still has his presence felt in several ventures in the world of Hip-Hop entertainment. His 11th album L.I.B.R.A. dropped in October of this year showing that his passion for music has not faded since the days of Urban Legend.  

Behind the music, T.I. has also partnered with 50 Cent and CBS for a new television series. The show will feature stories about Derrick Parker, a police officer tied to some of the biggest mysteries in Hip-Hop.

The Grand Hustle mogul has also expressed interest in participating in the popular Versuz series sponsored by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz.  Tip was originally scheduled to face Jeezy but was replaced for Gucci Mane in a move to appease fans of Trap music.

There has not been a new opponent suggested for T.I., but whoever accepts the challenge would need an impressive catalog to keep up with Tip.

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