Although 2004’s Urban Legend had breakout hits like “U Don’t Know Me” and “Bring Em Out,” and 2008’s Paper Trail made him a superstar thanks to crossover hits like “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life,” King is T.I.’s most important album. The 2006 LP represented a giant step for the Atlanta MC as a wordsmith and musical champion, with Tip making good on the promise of his early singles and presenting a cohesive vision of hip-hop that injected his linguistic acrobatics with furious intensity. The King of the title shortens T.I.’s long-held King of the South title, but after this album, no modifiers to those four letters were needed.
On the 10-year anniversary of King’s March 28, 2006 release, check out the 10 moments from T.I.’s landmark album that still make us feel invincible. Plus, tune in to Fuse at 3 p.m. today for a special collection of T.I. music videos to help celebrate the occasion. Find Fuse in your area using our channel finder.
The opening 50 seconds of King essentially challenge the listener to get into the ring with the hungriest MC alive, and a producer, Just Blaze, who's more than ready to assist with the pulverization. When the song’s main beat is unveiled after the breathless intro, T.I. gives the listener zero seconds to settle into it. The king’s back, and he’s not waiting on anybody.