T.I. wants you to know that you love your life because of him. Don’t unpack that statement too much. Just bask in the spoken intro and piano that introduces “Love This Life,” the first for-real single off upcoming album Trouble Man. We’ll even make it easy for you, below:
T.I. loves this life the way you’d love a chamomile-coated blanket by a fireplace: drowsily, without much movement. (The bass on the verse pulses and is an exception, but it’s sporadic.) The obvious comparison is citymate/collaborator B.o.B’s “So Good,” both in crunchy uplift and in lyrics. B.o.B might play travel agent where T.I. plays benefactor–he’s completely fine with her taking half when they divorce, and yes, this is a way he woos her–but the intent’s the same.
The crossover intent’s the same, too; both want to be “Live Your Live,” living well on both the hip-hop and pop charts. Is “Love This Life” a smidge too placid to stir up all those radio waves? Possibly. But you’re not going to take those measurements while this washes over.