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Fraser McAlpine | 10:28 UK time, Sunday, 24 May 2009

TINOT, sadly, a hip hop retooling of Status Quo's ode to shopping in Argos (at least, that's what I think it's about). That kind of thing might be OK for the Flo Ridas of this world, but TI has a little more class.

Oh wait, do I mean class? I'm not sure. The lyrics to this bouncy little ditty are a little ripe for family listenening. Not actually sweary, but definitely over-graphic, as if TI meant to whisper something filthy to his girlfriend on their way to bed, but ended up making a song and dance out of it instead.

I mean, extra points for the grand gesture, but surely she'll have gone home by the time you've finished mixing, fella.

(Can't find a clean version of the official video, which, given the lyrics, is probably no bad thing.)

Still, maybe Lily Allen should hook up with Mr I, as he seems to be more than generous in every conceivable way, and he's all about pleasing his would-be snugglebunny. Hell, he even compliments his girl's BRAIN. That's about as far from 50 Cent's still-brutal "I'm into having sex, I ain't into making love" as it's possible to get. No lying awake and feeling cheesed off here, Lil.

He's prepared to explain how things are going to be, as well, so there are no nasty surprises. It basically boils down to drinking lots in the middle of the night, and then a tour of the things TI owns. He's got a nice house, you see, and a nice car. You can't have those, even if you would like them, but apart from that, your wish is pretty much his command.

Course, you may have to wait until he gets out of prison, but by all means get your wish list prepped and ready to go.

And MAN that's a catchy refrain. It's no surprise 'Weird Al' Yankovic has already done a parody version, in which he lists the low-rent equivalents of the amazing goodies on offer if you consent to making smoochy with TI.

I've seen Weird Al, mind. And I'm here to tell you, not for all the McDonalds in the WORLD...

Three starsDownload: Out now
CD Released: June 1st
BBC Music page

(Fraser McAlpine)

Quantum Critics says: "He has nothing but time on his hands now so his rhymes should be fiercer than ever when he returns."
A funny old lady says: "You play it backwards, they get their wife back, they get their dog back..."


  • Comment number 1.

    Ha ha very entertaining !

    Love your Lily Allen references. lol

    Live your Life and Dead and gone are totally first class songs.

  • Comment number 2.

    Talking of T.I

    The other day I spent ages reading your ;

    How to destroy pieces, of which T.I IS ONE.

    I then started reading the comments to the Razorlight and James Morrison ones.

    What a crackin entertaining read.

    Full of incident and drama, great stuff.

    This leads me to two questions :

    1) When is the next " How to Destroy " ?

    2) When will we see the return of Jimmy Saville's Cigar ?

    This person is so entertaining.

    Here's hoping !

  • Comment number 3.

    Summer resort.

    You live
    in the youth
    of a summer
    resort, your
    delicate voice
    appears in
    my mind like
    a winged creature,
    and even a
    pleasure describes
    in a moment
    a bright sensibility.

    Francesco Sinibaldi

  • Comment number 4.

    Ummm wasn't this song released in August 2008 over here?

  • Comment number 5.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 6.

    TI is now jailed [for a year and a day] for trying to buy a high powered machine gun. He is not exactly a good role model for young men or women.

    This was no.1 in the US last year.
    He is boasting about his wealth while a young burger bar girl fantasizes about being with him.

  • Comment number 7.

    Hey Bling-Bwoy lovin all your info.. share with us which tracks you are loving at the moment , or anything you recommend for us avid ,music fans...

  • Comment number 8.

    Personally, I find the music scene a bit weak at present.

    I like Soulja Boy Tellem - Kiss Me thr phone and if I'm in the mood maybe Prodigy 'Warriors Dance' but that's about it for me at present.

  • Comment number 9.

    Love this song!! TI is sooo FIT.. i would give this song 5 stars :) NOT 3!!!! xx

  • Comment number 10.

    Yeah but Bling Boy, TI brought the gun because his best friend was killed in a drive by shooting while TI was in the passenger seat, right next to him! Can you blame him? And TI went and talked to young people who were in trouble and really made a change in their lives and inspired them, and he spends hours writing the lyrics to his songs and really thinking about them... he is inspirational because he turned his life around, which is a cliche but he used to be always getting into trouble but then he realised the error of his ways. Just listen to Dead and Gone! He is inspirational because he is not perfect.

  • Comment number 11.

    I hope that he has changed his ways.
    I heard he has married his girlfriend and I wish them both a long and happy marriage after he comes outta jail!


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