t.i. - "what you know" / by Zack Free

king is t.i.’s masterwork thus far, a southern rap manifesto that showcases the mc at an absurd level of self-confidence. t.i.p.’s swaggering narratives are bolstered by an unbelievable line up of instrumentals from the likes of mannie fresh, just blaze, and dj toomp, the latter of whom produces “what you know,” king’s magnificent lead single. it flips the awe-inspiring coda from roberta flack’s cover of the impressions’ “gone away,” converting it from scorching soul to synthetic symphonics, the likes of which dj toomp would come to master over the years, and few others would ever touch

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