Review: T.I., “No Mercy”

T.I., No Mercy
Atlantic

No Mercy, much of which was recorded after T.I. earned yet another prison stint for probation violations, finds our ATL hero angrily defiant. He calls himself a “convict with a conscience” on the militaristic “Salute,” and he and fellow pop pariah Chris Brown demand that fans don’t judge them on “Get Back Up.” “I’m only human,” he says, adding on “I Can’t Help It,” that his recidivism is a result of “keeping it real,” and offering his most misogynist song ever in “Amazing.” It’s hard to agree with him and his supporters (including Kanye West and Kid Cudi on “Welcome to the World”), but No Mercy is still a compelling statement.

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