How do your favorite rappers write their rhymes? To find out, Complex TV has started a new series, The Process. Hosted by Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg and shot at New York City's legendary Chung King Studios, The Process features intimate conversations with established legends as well as exciting up-and-comers about how they put their rhymes together and the magic that happens when the pen hits the pad.
In Complex TV's new episode of The Process, veteran rapper T.I. sits down with host Peter Rosenberg to talk about his creative formula in the studio. Tip is fresh off the release of his ninth studio album, Paperwork, a project that carries on his legacy as one of the most influential acts out of ATL. It was his seminal 2006 album King, though, that earned him respect from fans out of the South, which he credits to his emphasis on staying lyrically sharp in the booth. "I got b-boy principals and qualities in me," he says. "I think I definitely hold lyricism in high regard."
Watch the full episode above, where T.I. shares the motivation behind Paper Trail, working with newer acts Iggy Azalea and Young Thug, and the passing of former Grand Hustle member Doe B.