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T.I. ‘blessed’ to reunite with Justin Timberlake on upcoming album

Singers Justin Timberlake (L) and T.I. perform during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Rapper T.I. is very excited about his upcoming album. Not only is he working with recent Grammy-winner Pharrell Williams on his new album titled Paperwork: The Motion Picture, the hip-hop star gets to reunite with Justin Timberlake on one of his tracks. In an interview with XXL Magazine published on Jan. 27, T.I. talks about the new album.

The Atlanta-born rapper will explore more versatility and style with this new album as the art of storytelling will become more of an emphasis in the music he will release. He sites artists such as Kanye West, Drake and J. Cole for providing the inspiration of just how important storytelling is in hip-hop.

He told XXL:

People forgot how fun gangster s**t is. People forgot how exciting it is to really live on the dangerous side of life. Just people forgot the feeling that you got when [you] watched 'Boyz In The Hood' for the first time. Or when you hear 'All Eyez On Me' for the first time. Right now, music is going in a different direction and it is in a different place. salute and celebrate that path as well. However, there’s a place for the story that needs to be told from our perspective.”

T.I. feels his ninth album is shaping up to be one of his best and that can be attributed to the guidance of a Pharrell who he has worked with on several albums. He said Pharrell adds something to music that sets it apart, and that will blend well with his new storytelling style.

Another factor that has T.I. optimistic is reuniting with Timberlake. They worked on a collaboration titled “Trap Me Up,” which T.I. says:

It’s an awesome record JT blessed me with.”

The two last collaborated on the track “Dead & Gone” and “My Love.”

T.I. has yet to set a release date for Paperwork: The Motion Picture.