Recognized more as an actor than a rapper these days, T.I., born as Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., proves he’s a man who can do both at the Commodore Ballroom promoting his latest studio album, Us or Else: Letter to the System.
Greeting the crowd with his signature, “Yeahhhhh!” The Atlanta born artist started his set performing the singles that brought him success early on in his career including “Top Back,” “Rubberband Man,” and “Why You Wanna.” Arguably the reason why the trap sub-genre of hip hop music is so popular right now, T.I. was an essential part of the first wave of southern rappers breaking into the mainstream music scene back in 2003 with the release of the album, Trap Muzik.
While the 36-year-old rapper looked as if he could still be in his mid-twenties, Harris’ performance felt significantly older and uninspired. Leaning heavily on backing tracks, his style and his accent combined with a few sound issues, made it feel as if he was just going through the motions.
Not to say T.I. isn’t talented, he still had chops as a rapper and took moments during the show to rap accapella and really flex his skills. Unfortunately, those moments were few and far between.
Highlights from the show included his performance of “Whatever You Like,” “Live Your Life,” and “What You Know.”
T.I. performed at the Commodore Ballroom on January 12.
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