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There’s Nothing Hot About T.I.’s ‘Pyro’

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Just a day after T.I. revealed that his new Marvin Gaye-inspired album would be called 'Trouble Man', the Atlanta rapper has already dropped the third single from the upcoming disc, "Pyro." While it's a slight improvement over T.I.'s first two post-prison singles, "Pyro" finds Tip still shaking the rust off after spending the majority of the past two years behind bars. The beat was created by a production duo called Two Band Geeks, and with a name like that it's not surprising "Pyro" has a drumline feel to it, like OutKast's "Morris Brown" but simpler and less effective. Listen to "Pyro" below (slightly NSFW):

"I like loose women in tight clothes. Say I'm the bomb, bitch. Pyro," Tip raps on the chorus, which could be the only memorable portion of the entire track. "Pyro" just meanders, with Tip too rigid with his patented Southern delivery. You'd think T.I. was full of interesting stuff to say after his recent ordeals, but he's just rapping about his Benz again, and the subject matter on a whole is too dull to carry the monotonous beat for three minutes. Despite all that, T.I. really seems to like this song, one of 45 tracks he's already recorded 'Trouble Man'.

"I have this one record [titled] 'Pyro' that I'm proud of," T.I. told Billboard. "'Pyro' is a straight party record. It's nostalgic of those crazy nights, early mornings [but] just turned up." (Later in the Billboard interview, T.I. admits that, because of his recent legal troubles, he doesn't party much anymore.) It's like all that time in prison has erased T.I.'s memory of what a "straight party record" is: "Whatever You Like" and "What You Know," Tip's best tracks, were party records. "Pyro," meanwhile, would be a top three song on a mixtape, and not a club banger.

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