Producer: Jim Jonsin
Album: Paper Trail
Label: Grand Hustle/Atlantic

Tip's first No. 1 single as a lead artist, the first single from Paper Trail was a major pop smash for an artist who seemed dangerous and not exactly mainstream friendly early on. “Whatever You Like”—and the charming video that accompanied it, in which Tip passes his digits to a lucky fast food worker—marked the moment when he became a true mainstream pop star, an artist in the upper echelon of success—even if it was written while he was on house arrest for weapons charges. Paper Trail was about that process, but it was also about hitting the reset button on T.I.'s narrative: no longer would the trap define his world, nor did the rap game, because they couldn't. He sought forgiveness. His world was the world now, and he was ready to enjoy it. —David Drake