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The 10 Most Explosive T.I. Music Videos

The 10 Most Explosive T.I. Music Videos

IT’S THE KING B*TCH! For almost 15 years, T.I. has been one of the most prominent voices in hip hop. Whether you agree with others that he’s is the certified “King of the South” or not, there is no denying he is one of the most successful entertainers of the 2000s and beyond. From street anthems to smooth crossover joints, there hasn’t been much Tip hasn’t been willing to touch – and he’s made plenty of great songs along the way. Recently during an interview with Power 105 “The Breakfast Club,” T.I. announced that he was working on new music with a new album on the way in 2018. In honor of his current announcement, Kaboom! Magazine.com will be taking a retrospective look into the musical life of the legendary “Trap Music” pioneer by showcasing the 10 most explosive music videos of Tip’s career. Some of them were award-winning singles, some overlooked cult classics, but every one of them are definitely ones to remember.

T.I. Info:
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Record Label: Grand Hustle/Roc Nation
Album Discography: I’m Serious (2001), Trap Muzik (2003), Urban Legend (2004), King (2006), T.I. vs. T.I.P. (2007), Paper Trail (2008), No Mercy (2010), Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head (2012), Paperwork (2014)
Career Highlights: 2 AMA Awards, 3 BET Awards, 9 BET Hip Hop Awards, 11 Billboard Music Awards, 3 Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Award, Source Award, 2 Vibe Awards, 2 Soul Train Music Awards

Before we get started with the countdown, here is a music video that almost made the list that we would like to showcase as an honorable mention.

Honorable Mention: T.I. – “Private Show” Feat. Chris Brown
The 3rd single from Tip’s 9th studio album Paperwork, the video features Chris Brown and T.I. visiting an underground strip club that included some of the hottest women in hip hop. No one could take their eyes off of this video as it amassed more than 33 million views on Vevo.

10. T.I. – “About The Money” Feat. Young Thug
Starting off the list at No. 10 is his biggest hit of the 2010s, T.I. saw a career resurgence in 2014 with the release of his second single “About The Money” from the Paperwork album. In the music video, T.I. is trading bars and lifestyles with up and coming rap superstar Young Thug. People that thought T.I.’s career was quickly coming to end were put on notice when the music video amassed more than 221 million views on youtube.

9. T.I. – “Rubberband Man”
Holding down the No. 9 spot on the list, the very 1st hit of his career, “Rubber Band Man” is the third single from his second studio album Trap Muzik. Produce by David Banner, the single charted reasonably well, peaking at No. 30 on the US Billboard Hot 100. A crossover hit, the song is included in the hits collections Totally Hits 2004 and it was listed at No. 34, on Complex Magazine’s “Best Atlanta Rap Songs of All Time” and No. 61, on their “Best Songs of the Decade.” With over 218 million views on youtube, the song’s music video was directed by Darren Grant. David Banner, Lil Duval, Michael Vick, Usher, Bow Wow, Jagged Edge, Steve Rudolph, Atlanta-based comedian Shawty, Youngbloodz, Big Gipp, P. Diddy and Jazze Pha, all make cameo appearances in the video. The video also features several prominent shots of suburban Atlanta, including Bankhead courts and College Park.

8. T.I. – “No Mediocre” Feat. Iggy Azaela
The lead single from his Paperwork album, “No Mediocre” is a club anthem that featured at the time T.I.’s female protege Iggy Azalea. The song debuted at No. 58 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked at No. 33. It was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It also reached number one on Mediabase’s Rhythmic top 40 chart. “No Mediocre” was certified Gold in Canada after peaking at No. 59 on the Canadian Hot 100. The song became T.I.’s first U.S. platinum song as a lead artist in 6 years following his 2009 single “Dead and Gone”. The music video for the song was shot in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and directed by Director X. It was named one of the sexiest videos of 2014 by VH1.

7. T.I. – “Whatever You Like”
Tailor made for the No. 8 spot on the list, “Whatever You Like” was released as the lead single (second overall) from his 6th studio album, Paper Trail. The song peaked at No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, giving T.I. his second US No. 1.. It topped the chart for seven non-consecutive weeks, and remained in the top 3 of the charts for over 12 non-consecutive weeks. It was also No.1 in New Zealand and was certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA. It was named the 16th most successful song from 2000 to 2009, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. The music video was filmed in Malibu, Los Angeles, California, and was directed by Dave Meyers. Reagan Gomez-Preston plays T.I.’s love interest. Cameos include Jackie Long, Lil Duval, Jim Jonsin, DJ Toomp and T.I.’s wife Tameka Cottle.

6. T.I. – “U Don’t Know Me”
Brutally taking over the No. 6 part of this list, T.I. put all of hip hop on notice with the very aggressive track “U Don’t Know Me.” The single made it to No. 23, on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and appears in the video game Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition. It was ranked 61 on Complex’s best songs of the decade. This song was nominated on several awards such as “Best Rap Solo Performance” on Grammy award, “Best Rap Video” on MTV video music award and “Street Anthem of the Year” on VIBE award. The music video is directed on various locations in Atlanta, Georgia, and includes cameos by P$C, DJ Toomp, Young Dro, Jazze Pha and Daz Dillinger.


5. T.I. – “Dead & Gone” Feat. Justin Timberlake
Burying the competition at the No. 5 spot on this list, “Dead & Gone” was the 8th single from T.I.’s 6th studio album Paper Trail. Due to the high number of digital downloads upon the album’s release, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 before its official single release. The song marked the second collaboration between T.I. and Justin Timberlake, the first being the hit single “My Love”, from Timberlake’s second album, FutureSex/LoveSounds.. T.I. and Timberlake performed this song at the 51st Grammy Awards. The song was later nominated twice at the 52nd Grammy Awards, for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song. It was the 10th best-selling digital single of 2009 in the United States. As of 2018, it had sold 3.5 million copies in the country. The video ranked at No. 34 on BET’s Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2009 countdown.

4. T.I. – “Let’s Get Away”
Loving it’s time at the No. 4 spot on this list, T.I. officially became a hip hop sex symbol with the track “Let’s Get Away.” The song features vocals production from Jazze Pha. It peaked at No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song interpolates Aretha Franklin’s 1972 song “Day Dreaming”. The music video was directed by Darren Grant, while T.I. was sentenced to three years in prison. He was granted rights to film the video for “Let’s Get Away” while in prison. Fellow American rappers, Trina and Juvenile, make cameo appearances throughout the video.

3. T.I. – “Bring Em Out”
The No. 3 spot on this list belongs to “Bring Em Out,” the song was released as the lead single from his 3rd studio album Urban Legend. The song, produced by Swizz Beatz, contains a vocal sample from Jay-Z’s “What More Can I Say”. “Bring Em Out” became T.I.’s 1st Top 10 single, peaking at No. 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The music video for “Bring Em Out” was directed by Fats Cats and was shot in Atlanta. DJ Drama, Jazze Pha and Swizz Beatz made cameo appearances in the video. It features T.I. on a tour bus as well as him performing on a stage for a crowd of fans. The song was featured extensively during the 2006 NBA Finals as the theme song for the Miami Heat during player introductions. T.I. performed the song on an episode of The O.C., titled “Return of The Nana”.

2. T.I. – “Live Your Life” Feat. Rihanna
Coming in at No. 2 is the song that turned T.I. into a pop icon. “Live Your Life” was a commercial success worldwide. In the United States, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100, marking T.I.’s 3rd No. 1 single, and Rihanna’s 5th. The song also attained top ten placements in twelve other countries, reaching the Top 5 in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, “Live Your Life” topped the US Mainstream Top 40 and Rap Songs charts and reached No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song was T.I.’s highest charting and most successful single worldwide until “Blurred Lines” in 2013. The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Anthony Mandler, depicts a story of T.I.’s rise to fame in a narrated form, featuring Rihanna performing in a dressing room and bar. The duo performed “Live Your Life” at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. The song is featured in the 2009 film The Hangover as well as the trailer.

1. T.I. – “What You Know”
Finally ending this list at No. 1 is T.I. grammy award-winning “What You Know” the 1st single from his best album King. The song peaked at number three in the U.S. and was certified double platinum by the RIAA following shipment in excess of 2 million copies. The song was used in promotion of the film ATL, in which T.I. stars. It spent a total of 20 weeks on the Hot 100 chart. In 2008, it was ranked No. 68 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. VIBE named T.I.’s “What You Know” as the Top Song of 2006. It was also ranked fourth on a similar list by Rolling Stone. “What You Know” won for “Best Rap Solo Performance” and was nominated for “Best Rap Song” at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.