T.I. Wanted to Close Down Times Square for His Album Cover

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Yesterday, Team T.I. unleashed the cover for his seventh studio album, King Uncaged, due out August 17th. While we’re not pleased with ourselves for going after the obvious “unleashed” wordplay in the previous sentence, we’re pretty self-satisfied at being able to get the rapper’s thoughts behind the cover, shot by world renown photographer Warwick Saint:

I’m known as “the King.” Although it’s disputed by some, concurred by most, there ain’t no disputing that lion—that is what it is. So I went and told them, “Get me as close as you can to a lion.” He had a trainer holding him on a chain. They took the chain out [in post-work]. It really went down. I wanted to pet him. I said, “Let me get hands on.” They were like, “No. We could only let you do but so much.” So I did as much as they would allow me to do.

I figured we had to do some kind of slick and meaningful imagery to say the obvious without doing the obvious. I tried to flip it as much as I could. I wanted it to be a a busy city street. My original idea was to lock down Times Square and let me and the lion do the same thing right there, but we couldn’t quite pull that off; they said it had to be in controlled environment. They tried to do a artsy kind of drawing. It looked good, but it didn’t serve my purpose—it was just a painting. I figured, if it got to be a controlled environment, we may as well just keep it all the way simple make it black and white, white background, me, him, cool chair.

On the cover’s lack of typesetting:

It says itself; it’s self-explanatory. I don’t have to write “King;” I don’t have to write “Uncaged.” Everything is right there. It’s said. [My record label, Atlantic] knows by now to rock with me. We done did this enough times before. On the King album when I didn’t really want to show my face, that wasn’t really looked at as the ideal move to make, but I feel like iconic imagery speaks for itself. You ain’t got to beat people in the head with what you’re trying to say. Everything understood don’t need to be explained.

After the jump: A commercial which proves that king of rap was not selling wolf tickets about standing next to the king of beasts.

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20 Responses to “T.I. Wanted to Close Down Times Square for His Album Cover”
  1. techspitta7133@yahoo.com' Tribeb says:

    Shut down Times Square??..New York I hope you wasnt gonna let that slide…let’s flip it…How would the whole ATL react if Main-O shut down Bankhead….It’s a no go…same should be in NY…..They already took rap from yall NY dam swallow ya pride and become a force….they comin’ for ya plate next…

  2. histrealness@yahoo.com' D-Treal says:

    Tribeb
    Shut down Times Square??..New York I hope you wasnt gonna let that slide…let’s flip it…How would the whole ATL react if Main-O shut down Bankhead….It’s a no go…same should be in NY…..They already took rap from yall NY dam swallow ya pride and become a force….they comin’ for ya plate next…
    ___________________________________________________________

    So let me get this straight you comparing a multi-platinum selling Grammy winning movie star to freaking Maino ???
    C’Mon Son!
    And whats this bullshit about taking rap from New York?
    even better question what did New York do to make sure they kept rap at home?
    oh thats right Main-O

  3. bksdrdre@yahoo.com' tC says:

    he shoulda closed down the courtroom.

  4. riveramanny54@yahoo.com' manny says:

    man T.I. is the best rapper out and alive he should be able to do that if he wants to hes probly paying NY to close down time square and money talks and that would be raw in time square with a lion besides hes got alot of fans in NY so theyd be happy to see hime there

  5. rclayton3@bham.rr.com' mama bettie says:

    the only thing i want to close down is my feeling,the way me MAMA BETTIE has been treated in the music industry it can’t even be explained. everyone that made it in this business would have you to think it’s all about them doing it their way. what hurts me is how in the hell you forget your mom&pop stores?i know their are not that many of us left the one that did survive they should’nt have to do anything but have the artist back.. the same thing it took to get know, it’s takes to stay know , they did like politicans kiss babies ,did instores,etc. i can still sell misic, the hood is loyal to their community just need the survivor to come back to us.we still can compete with the industry.TI has always been my artist i hope he will reach out to me.

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    Awesome…It’s nice share that, thanks very much!

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