Music review: T.I. bounces back into the 'Dirty South'

T.I.'s 'Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head'

T.I.'s "Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head"

“Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head,” T.I.

“What should I be sorry for?/You can’t please everybody,” goes the hook to “Sorry,” off T.I.’s eighth and most consistent album.

Out of jail for a year, not entirely convinced he’s not going back in, Clifford Harris quits fooling around with demographics, as on his previous “No Mercy,” and returns to the “Dirty South” bounce he does best, with guests like an old reunion (Andre 3000, R. Kelly, Lil Wayne) and a focus no deeper than bottles and molly (known outside the VIP area as booze and ecstasy) in the club and some Meek Mill-assisted tough talk (“G Season”) that’s good to hear precisely because you know he’s harmless.

“Who Want Some” will never be a classic like “What You Know,” but a 16-track rap album without a single cringe moment deserves an honor.

Rating (five possible): 3-1/2

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