T.I. On King Uncaged Cover Concept

TIP spoke with RESPECT. on the concept behind the cover art for his forthcoming. Cover shot by Warwick Saint.

I’m known as “the King.” Although it’s disputed by some, concurred by most, there ain’t no disputing that lion—that is what it is. So I went and told them, “Get me as close as you can to a lion.” He had a trainer holding him on a chain. They took the chain out [in post-work]. It really went down. I wanted to pet him. I said, “Let me get hands on.” They were like, “No. We could only let you do but so much.” So I did as much as they would allow me to do.

I figured we had to do some kind of slick and meaningful imagery to say the obvious without doing the obvious. I tried to flip it as much as I could. I wanted it to be a a busy city street. My original idea was to lock down Times Square and let me and the lion do the same thing right there, but we couldn’t quite pull that off; they said it had to be in controlled environment. They tried to a artsy kind of drawing. It looked good, but it didn’t serve my purpose—it was just a painting. I figured, if it got to be a controlled environment, we may as well just keep it all the way simple make it black and white, white background, me, him, cool chair.

It says itself; it’s self-explanatory. I don’t have to write “King;” I don’t have to write “Uncaged.” Everything is right there. It’s said. [My record label, Atlantic] knows by now to rock with me. We done did this enough times before. On the King album when I didn’t really want to show my face, that wasn’t really looked at as the ideal move to make, but I feel like iconic imagery speaks for itself. You ain’t got to beat people in the head with what you’re trying to say. Everything understood don’t need to be explained.

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  • P.A.

    ok im diggin it!!!

  • Can

    I honestly can’t think of anything that would be -less- obvious than this album title/cover combination. Seriously.

  • oh

    i still don’t get it…

  • Can
  • !ShootDontPlease

    that shit is photoshopped stop lyin

  • ATLien

    I like T.I. but he aint the king of the south & he never will be. Outkast are kings of the south…

  • Ultrakid

    @ATLien,
    Until Outkast releases another album then T.I. is the king but right now Big Boi is the king because killing it on the mic with his solo debut.

  • black gallagher

    i heard juvenile’s next album has him sitting next to a polar bear

  • Ben

    That album cover is not a good look. Remeber, this guy was buying fully automatic machine guns, with silencers at a K-mart parking lot. Not the brightest crayon in the box.

  • B.Dot

    i heard juvenile’s next album has him sitting next to a polar bear
    ^
    *dead*

  • Ultrakid

    The album cover for Paper Trail was way better—More artistic but this Okaaaaayy. I guess we should worry more about the music not the album cover.

  • Nathaniel

    so he expects us to believe that shit is NOT photoshopped? …that a big ass male lion is roughly the same size as T.I. (standing at 5’7″ at the most, weighing about a buck 25) sitting in a chair? i’ve seen german shepherds… no, great danes bigger than that, hahahaha good one cliff!

    fuckouttahere. wack album title, wack cover. i guess prison snuffed this niggas creativity. smh

  • young hov

    !ShootDontPlease says:
    Tuesday, June 15 2010 at 5:14 PM EST
    that shit is photoshopped stop lyin
    ^^^
    THIS!

  • So Icy Boi!

    At the end of the day a album cover is a album cover it could been a all white picture it dnt matter its only matter whats inside … the album could be wack but all you niggaz want is a good album cover?

  • Nathaniel

    @So Icy Boi

    no… but the post is on the album cover, not the album itself.

    therefore, we are discussing the album cover. is that really so difficult to comprehend nigga? 2+2

    i swear boi… niggas come on blog sites trying to reprimand niggas for talking about what’s underneath the thread.

  • Sin

    I Kant even read it that nigga took my idea. Except I wanted to be sitting on a lion somehow. Kinda like Wayne in the make it rain video. And my idea has meaning behind it

  • doodlet

    @SIN but you have no rap deal and no one gives a fuck. take yo bitch ass to local open mic and/or one yaself.

  • young hov

    doodlet says:
    Tuesday, June 15 2010 at 7:51 PM EST
    @SIN but you have no rap deal and no one gives a fuck. take yo bitch ass to local open mic and/or one yaself.
    ^^^
    *DEAD*

  • i heard juvenile’s next album has him sitting next to a polar bear

    ^ hahahaha

    photoshop could have gotten him even closer to the lion.

  • he could have gotten the lion sitting in his lap with photoshop

  • Where Wallace At?

    “I’m known as “the King.” Although it’s disputed by some, concurred by most, there ain’t no disputing that lion—that is what it is”

    Get the fuck out of here. He’s not the King because all he’s done since catching the charges is make pussy ass music. I’m not hating that’s a fact.

    How can any King of any region in Rap be caught making that ‘You can have whatever you like’ shit
    Son was singing on the chorus. Get the fuck out of here with that shit.

  • Sin

    @SIN but you have no rap deal and no one gives a fuck. take yo bitch ass to local open mic and/or one yaself.

    ^^^
    u weak as fuck.
    I have no MAJOR deal faggot. My hood love me nigga. Kum to 7 mile..

  • doodlet

    @sin my hood love. thats like when the ugly chick says “my mom thinks im pretty.”

  • I FUCK HOOKERZ AND JIZZ ON THEIR TITTIES

    cover aint all that ,would have been better if tip had a monkey next to him, monkey uncaged

  • Sin

    @sin my hood love. thats like when the ugly chick says “my mom thinks im pretty.”

    ^^

    yall niggas is lame

  • buzz

    1. @Sin No disrespect but the concept of sitting next to a lion is as old as the Pharaohs. There’s nothing new or inventive about it.

    2. Everything is Photoshopped to a degree these days, so even if TIP did sit next to lion they should have put him closer and made a better composition. I think a lion chilling in front of him says more to being a King than it towering next him.

    3. I respect artwork to the fullest but lesbianhonest, it’s a one inch square on your iPod. You could have saved money and time just getting it Photoshopped right.

  • tDoTHiPpy

    lmfao @black gallagher. RR comment of the week contender