The beleaguered hip-hop star releases an album in between prison sentences

By Brad Wete
Updated December 09, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

No Mercy was supposed to be T.I.’s first album after getting out of prison—until he was recently hauled back for violating probation. The self-proclaimed “King of the South” addresses his troubles on tracks like “Welcome to the World” and “Castle Walls.” He remains unrepentant, though: On “Get Back Up,” he arrogantly apologizes for being human rather than for his crimes. That crown must be getting heavy. B

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