For his first studio album release in four years, Atlanta’s self-dubbed King of the South T.I. tapped into a never-before-heard side of himself for fans in the newly released Dime Trap.
The ATL rap star previously explained that the project was an ode of sorts to everyone who’s been rocking with him since day one of his trap music career, better acknowledged by him as “the second coming of trap music.” In two of the album’s 15 tracks, T.I. also acknowledges another person worthy of an ode, and even an apology: R&B singer and his wife of eight years, Tameka “Tiny” Harris. The Hollywood-microscoped marriage between the Harrises has seen its ups and downs most recently with a reunification after the Xscape songstress filed for a divorce from Tip back in April 2017 amid rumors of irreconcilable differences, trust issues and speculation of infidelity. Fortunately, the two found their way back into love’s grip and tossed the divorce papers, keeping their reasons for the resolution tight-lipped between themselves.
Tip’s not so mum anymore about the initial reason behind the dissolution in his tenth studio album, though. And in just two songs, he appears to confirm Harris family fans’ worst fears about their split.
The revelatory track, with an even more poignant intro from comedy legend Dave Chapelle, tells of Tip’s life in its respective “seasons.” Arriving at the end of the first verse, he admits that his celebrity had a major impact on one of the most important periods, and people, of his life. “I got married and f**ked it up, that what fame did,” he raps. “Marriage counselor tell me focus on what the pain did.”
“It's a, amazing all the sh** I done/ such examples I've been setting for my son,” he raps. “All she did was stay down and have my kid/ All the time just to realize I ain't sh**.”
The woman, who was later identified as Asia’h Epperson, then sat down comfortably next to him and caressed his thigh in the footage, leading many to believe that the two had been involved in an inappropriate relationship for some time. For “The Amazing Mr. F**k Up,” Tip finally slams his conduct from the situation:
Such audacity that I must have/
To get in men company and slap on ass/
Damn, if I must say in my defense/
I think should get credit for the asses I resi-/
What? Goddamn, now she get upset/
Huh, hang up in my face and block my number and sh**/
Thinkin', 'you f**ked that up again man, why don't you just apologize?'/
For all the time you done got caught out in all the lies/
For all the time that shawty put in on this long ride/
I'm 'posed to show her compassion, I show a lot of pride'/
Then when she looked at me, told me, "You runnin' out of time"
Big salute to Tip for that major step toward self-accountability. Fellas, take notes.
Listen to his newest address of manhood and marriage in “Seasons” and “The Amazing Mr. F**k Up” below.
(Photo: Prince Williams/WireImage)