The King the South, better known as T.I., has had one the best album runs in hip-hop history after defying the odds. When his debut album I’m Serious flopped, T.I. was dropped from Arista. After releasing a chain mixtapes and building his fan base by hand, T.I. dropped Trap Muzik, Urban Legend, and King. Those three albums helped define the entire sound Atlanta in the early 2000s, and opened up a lane for trap music to prosper. While there were always tastemakers and influencers coming out Atlanta, T.I. sat atop the throne during the three album run that solidified him as a legend.
After a minor misstep with T.I. vs T.I.P., The King the South returned with Paper Trail, his most successful project to date. Once a trap king, T.I. evolved into a commercial powerhouse, smashing Billboard charts and extending his fan base to feverish levels. If legal battles didn’t slow down T.I.’s run in the mid 00s, he may have held onto the ATL throne for a little while longer. Still, T.I. is a legend, a prophet, a hustler, and an innovator. Let’s not forget, he’s also a dedicated family man. For this ranking, we’ve veered away from the countless classic mixtapes and brief EPs that are incorporated into T.I.’s expansive catalog. Instead, this is our ranking T.I.’s ten studio albums.
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