The L.I.B.R.A.

The L.I.B.R.A. is the eleventh studio album by American rapper T.I. It was released on October 16, 2020 via Grand Hustle Records and Empire Distribution. The title, which references T.I.'s zodiac sign, libra, also doubles as an acronym for "Legend Is Back Running Atlanta".[2]

The L.I.B.R.A.
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 16, 2020 (2020-10-16)
Recorded2018–2020
Studio
  • Means Street Studios
  • MakaSound Studio
Genre
Length68:12
Label
Producer
T.I. chronology
Dime Trap
(2018)
The L.I.B.R.A.
(2020)
Kill the King
(2021)
Singles from The L.I.B.R.A.
  1. "Ring"
    Released: September 11, 2020
  2. "Pardon"
    Released: October 14, 2020

Production was handled by record producers such as Hitmaka, 9th Wonder, June Jenius, Cardiak, Juicy J, David Banner, Lil' C, Thaddeus Dixon. The album features guest appearances from 21 Savage, 42 Dugg, Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine, Eric Bellinger, Jadakiss, Jeremih, John Legend, Killer Mike, Lil Baby, London Jae, Mozzy, Rapsody, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Young Thug, and comedian Ms. Pat, among others.

Preceded by two singles, "Ring" and "Pardon", the album peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 chart and number nine on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in the United States.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic70/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]
Beats Per Minute76%[5]
HipHopDX4.1/5[6]
Pitchfork5.4/10[7]

The L.I.B.R.A. was met with generally favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 70 based on four reviews.[3]

Riley Wallace of HipHopDX found the album "could have benefitted from a few snips here and there, but overall it's a reasonably satisfying listen and a tangible reminder that the self-proclaimed King Of The South hasn't lost his edge".[6] Chase McMullen of Beats Per Minute wrote that the project is "a generous, compulsively enjoyable statement, unburdened of commercial pressure in a way that's all too rare in this numbers game".[5] AllMusic's Fred Thomas wrote: "The entire record is a victorious display of self-celebration, but the impact of T.I.'s years in the rap game are felt most directly on tracks where he's matching wit and lyrical dexterity with rappers from the generation that directly followed him".[4] In a mixed review, Trey Alston of Pitchfork resumed: "these songs introduce nothing new to T.I.'s story or sound, but they're exactly what you'd expect to find 13 tracks deep into a curated rap playlist on a streaming service".[7]

Track listingEdit

Credits are adapted from Tidal.[8]

The L.I.B.R.A.
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The L.I.B.R.A. Introduction" (featuring Ms. Pat)
  • JazzFeezy
  • Halfademic
3:08
2."Hit Dogs Holla" (featuring Tokyo Jetz)
2:01
3."Ring" (featuring Young Thug)
2:54
4."Pardon" (featuring Lil Baby)
4:19
5."On the Hood" (featuring 42 Dugg and Mozzy)
  • Amadeus
  • DiMuro
  • Benjamin Lasnier
  • Lukas BL
4:04
6."Moon Juice" (with Snoop Dogg featuring Jeremih)
3:35
7."Air & Water Interlude" (featuring Rapsody)
  • Wells
  • Koda Dixon
1:39
8."Hypno" (featuring Rahky)
Juicy J2:20
9."1/2 Ticket" (featuring London Jae and Conway the Machine)
3:28
10."Respect the Code" (with Rick Ross featuring Kes Kross)MyGuyMars3:35
11."Put Some on It"
  • C. Harris
  • Edwards
  • Altari Crapps
  • Foreign Teck
  • MyGuyMars
  • Tariq Beats
2:24
12."Family Connect" (featuring Domani)
  • C. Harris
  • Domani Harris
  • Messiah Harris
  • Carnegie Clapp
  • James Maia
  • Ron Maia
Messiah3:27
13."Make Amends" (featuring Benny the Butcher and Jadakiss)Thaddeus Dixon3:44
14."Fire & Earth Interlude" (featuring Ernestine Johnson Morrison)
  • Ernestine Johnson Morrison
  • Wells
  • K. Dixon
  • Wells
  • K. Dixon
2:00
15."Pantone Blue" (featuring Alec Beretz)
  • C. Harris
  • Alec Beretz
  • Samuel Matthew
  • Thomas Nielsen
  • Alec Beretz
  • DJ Sidereal
  • Thomas Nielsen
4:20
16."Horizons"9th Wonder4:04
17."How I Feel" (featuring Eric Bellinger and Killer Mike)
5:22
18."We Did It Big" (with John Legend)
5:19
19."Thank God" (featuring 21 Savage)
4:38
20."Deyjah's Conclusion"
  • Deyjah Harris
  • M. Harris
  • Elliott Stroud
  • Messiah
  • Stroud
1:40

ChartsEdit

Chart performance for The L.I.B.R.A.
Chart (2020) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[9] 18
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[10] 9
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[11] 3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ashie, Kotey. "T.I.'s kids, Deyjah and Domani Harris, are featured on his new album 'The L.I.B.R.A.'". BCK. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  2. ^ Lavin, Will (September 27, 2020). "T.I. announces new album 'The Libra (The Legend Is Back Running Atlanta)'". NME. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for The L.I.B.R.A. - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Thomas, Fred. "The L.I.B.R.A. – T.I. | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  5. ^ a b McMullen, Chase (October 19, 2020). "Album Review: T.I. – The L.I.B.R.A. | Beats Per Minute". Beats Per Minute. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Wallace, Riley (December 5, 2020). "Review: T.I.'s 'The L.I.B.R.A.' Is Proof The Self-Proclaimed King Of The South Hasn't Lost His Edge". HipHopDX. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Alston, Trey (October 22, 2020). "T.I.: The L.I.B.R.A. (The Legend Is Back Running Atlanta)". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  8. ^ "Try the TIDAL Web Player". listen.tidal.com. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  9. ^ "T I Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  10. ^ "T I Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  11. ^ "T I Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2020.