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T.I. Lays Out His Path to Retirement

After completing his current album project, the rapper says he'll be ready to lay down the mic

Last week T.I. told us all about his latest album Paperwork and it's place in a larger trilogy. "There are three albums, and each of the albums have their different concepts," he told Fuse. "[The first] Paperwork, the theme of this album is merging old with new, just applying instrumentation into a futuristic approach to hip hop or where hip hop is going, being ahead of the curve with your lyrics and your cadences, but keeping the music somewhat grounded in an, I guess, nostalgic principle." 

That means there are two more installments, each with a different theme ("trap" and "a hustler's love story," respectively). It's a massive undertaking, and one T.I. believes will lead to the end of his time as a recording artist. That's right, folks: After flirting with the idea of retirement for a couple years now, the man has begun putting a time frame on his plans.

He's open about the end of his music career. "I think after [the three albums], man, that will probably introduce my final hurrah," he explained. "At some point in time, I’m going to have to get up out of here. I think as I get more into my 30s, I think my time will be better spent in film and television. Of course [I'll] still [be] producing music, writing music and executive producing, but I think that in due time it’s going to be my moment to exit."

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