Paper Trail is the sixth studio album by American hip hop artist T.I., released on September 30, 2008 (see 2008 in music). T.I. began to write songs for the album as he awaited trial for federal weapons and possession charges. Unlike his past albums, he wrote his lyrics down on paper, which he had not done since his debut album, I'm Serious.
The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 568,000 copies in its first week, becoming T.I.'s best debut sales to date and the fourth highest debut of the year, eventually being certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It received generally favorable reviews from critics and has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
On November 13, 2007, while awaiting trial for federal weapons charges against him, T.I. announced he had been writing songs for a new album to be entitled Paper Trail. He wrote his lyrics down on paper, which he had not done since his debut album, I'm Serious. The album highlights his "fear, anger and guilt" as he awaited trial.
The album was scheduled to be released in September 2008, but was subsequently moved up to an August 12 after the release of the promotional and lead single "No Matter What" and high demand of the album. At the time, T.I. said that the first single may have been "Top of the World", originally featuring B.o.B and Kanye West, explaining that the song was "a reflective song about our humble beginnings and how far we've come". The album was pushed back for a release date of September 2, then September 9 and to its final release date of September 30, 2008.
T.I. confirmed that Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Usher and John Legend were set to appear on the album in August 2008. Other confirmed guests were B.o.B, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Ludacris and Swizz Beatz. The album was produced by DJ Toomp, Drumma Boy, and Just Blaze, as well as Danja, Jim Jonsin, Kanye West and Swizz Beatz.
Rob Knox, the co-producer of "Dead and Gone", stated in an interview that the album will be re-released. Knox also said that the first single off the re-release would be another song produced by himself and Justin Timberlake.
1.: 56 Bars (intro)
2.: I'm Illy
3.: Ready For Whatever
4.: On Top Of The World - TI & Ludacris/BOB
5.: Live Your Life - TI & Rihanna
6.: Whatever You Like
7.: No Matter What
8.: My Life Your Entertainment - TI & Usher
9.: Porn Star
10.: Swing Ya Rag - TI & Swizz Beatz
11.: What's Up What's Haapnin'
12.: Every Chance I Get
13.: Swagga Like Us - TI & Jay-Z/Kanye West/Lil' Wayne
14.: Slide Show - TI & John Legend
15.: You Ain't Missin' Nothing
16.: Dead And Gone - TI & Justin Timberlake