While this is not the first new piece of T.I. music that's hit the web (or iTunes) in the last few months, I can now say that the King is back and actually mean it. Despite a poorly chosen song title, "Pledge Allegiance To The Swag" is near-eights minutes of raw hip hop prowess from both T.I. and the Teflon Don himself, Rick Ross. Production is spot on, courtesy of the constantly delivering JUSTICE. League. Hear/download the track below:
Of the track, Tip had to say this:
My next song, I’m not even sending it to radio first. I’m going to work it from the streets to the clubs. Then as DJs ask about it, I’ll deliver it to them. I’m gonna go all the way back to grassroots. I feel that people right now feel I’m going so far over their heads, given my prior success with Paper Trail. They feel like I’m trying to leave my foundation and my demographic behind, which is far from my intention.
Don’t look for [Pledge Allegiance To The Swag] on radio, but online and in the streets and in the clubs, you can look forward to a record. I’m just trying to feed the streets right now.
Previously, T.I. worked with Rick Ross on the bigger-than-life "Maybach Music III" along with Jadakiss and the lovely Erykah Badu. Give yourself a bonus and listen to that tune too: