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#ThrowbackThursday: “Bring Em Out” by T.I.

The song “Bring Em Out” was the first Top 10 single for T.I., and was the lead single from his 2004 album Urban Legend.

by Sean Smith

Atlanta-based rapper T.I. released his ninth studio album earlier this week. The album is titled Paperwork and the project is filled with notable features. Some of the more popular artists making appearances on T.I.’s new album are Iggy Azalea, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, Young Jeezy, Usher, Skylar Grey, and Pharrell Williams.  Pharrell also serves as the executive producer for Paperwork.

Pharrell and T.I. have a long history of working with one another, going all the way back to T.I.’s debut album. In 2001 Pharrell appeared on T.I.’s I’m Serious both as a featured artist as well as on the production side. His guest appearance came on the song “What’s Yo Name” and along with his fellow Neptunes production partner Chad Hugo, produced that song as well as that album’s only single “I’m Serious”. The Neptunes would go on to produce tracks on three more T.I. albums; 2004’s Urban Legend, 2006’s King, and 2010’s No Mercy. Pharrell also lent his solo production abilities on T.I.’s 2012 release Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head. And of course who can forget when the two worked together along with Robin Thicke on the blockbuster summer anthem of 2013 “Blurred Lines”. But in light of T.I. releasing his latest album Paperwork this week, today we take a moment to remember a T.I. song produced by another standout producer in Swizz Beatz. The 2004 hit single “Bring Em Out”.

“Bring Em Out” was the first single released off of T.I.’s 2004 album Urban Legend. At the time of it’s release, T.I. had already made a name for himself in hip hop music with the success of his 2003 album Trap Muzik. However, he had not yet had a crossover single to gain him a wider popular music audience. That is until the release of “Bring Em Out”. That song would go on to usher T.I. into crossover success as it reached as high as the ninth spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming his first mainstream top 10 single. The song is also notable for the fact that it contains a vocal sample from Jay-Z’s song “What More Can I Say”, off of The Black Album. And in a way it can be said that T.I. was also sampling the late great Notorious B.I.G. on “Bring Em Out”.  This is because Jay-Z borrowed the line T.I. sampled from the Biggie song “Rap Phenomenon”, which appeared on his 1999 posthumous album Born Again.

But with T.I. releasing his ninth studio album Paperwork this week, today we take a moment to remember his 2004 crossover hit “Bring Em Out”. Enjoy!


“Bring ‘Em Out”

From Urban Legend

Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records

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