On ‘Sorry,’ a recent single from T.I.’s upcoming Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head, it’s not entirely clear what exactly T.I. and Andre 3000 are apologizing for. Somehow, in the nearly 6-minute song they manage to cover everything from absent fathers to maintaining integrity as a rapper after hitting a certain point of monetary success without losing your attention. In fact, after a close listen to the lyrics, it’s more of a “sorry I’m not sorry” directed to any doubters. T.I. ends the first verse:
“Bullheaded and stubborn I be that way til I die
But find a nigga with more hustle than me I dare you to try
And according to the hand on Audemar
It’s my time to shine so fuck y’all”
This somber track has a decidedly Southern vibe — only right for two of Atlanta’s best. Each rapper sinks into the pockets made by producer Jazzy Pha for a laid-back but insistent feel. About three minutes into the song, the beloved 3 Stacks comes in to reflect on his career and current status as a rapper. Although this isn’t one of his best feature verses lyrically, Andre reveals a lot; speaking on love lost, the trials and tribulations of being a touring musician, and how all of that affected him as a parent. If nothing else, after ‘Sorry’ I feel like I know this half of Outkast a little bit better.
If you’re looking for a surprisingly revealing song from two princes of Southern rap, then you’ll love ‘Sorry’. T.I. Just collaborated with Big Boi and Ludacris as well, check out our review of ‘The A’ here.