Producer: Lil' C
Album: Fuck Da City Up
Label: Grand Hustle

T.I.’s Fuck Da City Up, released before his eighth album, Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head, was meant to prove that, after throwing out one of his weakest projects, and doing yet another stint in prison, the self-proclaimed King of the South could still hang. And it did just that. With production from Mannie Fresh and Dr. Dre and verses from fellow trappers Pusha T, Jeezy, and 2 Chainz, it showed that Tip could still make the game gravitate towards him, even if only slightly. 

The mixtape’s standout track was assisted by Future, an ATLien who was then a newcomer, rising to power on the strength of the singles from his debut album Pluto. Future lent T.I. his brand of cosmic trap music and brought along his big homie, Rocko to join in on the waxing about all the dead presidents and Phantoms they can't stop seeing. It was a better single than anything that would come out of Trouble Man. 

Damien Scott