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"I'm Back" (CD single)



Boring, violent rap with lots of the n-word.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

T.I. tries to tell other rappers that he is still on top even after his stint in jail. "Yeah I seen it all before, hey, I’m popping and they ain’t, rack they brain try to think how to stop it and they can’t, ain’t that lame, but then that hatred manifest to pure malice, I’m no longer being callous so I’m gon let you [n-word] have it, won’t be satisfied till somebody dies and I'm patient, waiting on me and the reaper on a first name basis...But know that we can take it any place you wanna take it to."

Positive role models

T.I. could have taken this opportunity to show what he learned from going to prison; instead, it's just more of the same rapper bravado.


There's a reference to a black eye and Molotov cocktail along with a few veiled threats. There is also this advice: "Think the power is in your gun, but overall it’s in your heart."


There's an assortment of bad words, like "bitches" and "s--t," but the n-word is probably used the most, showing up eight times in the lyrics.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this song doesn't send a great message. There's the expected bad language, but there's also a threatening tone that makes the rapper's legal struggles seem to be all in vain. Of course, T.I. has to stake his claim to the rap game after being off the scene for a bit, but this single makes it appear that status and image are worth fighting and risking your life for.

What's the story?

The title "I'm Back" says it all, as T.I. resumes his successful rap career after an involuntary hiatus because of jail time. This single marks the debut of his yet-to-be-titled album, his seventh studio album to date. It's also meant to silence critics and warn rappers who vie for his top place on the chart that his rap talents are not to be messed with.

Is it any good?


This song seems like recycled material. It's a shame T.I. chose to usher in his comeback story with a song that is so predictable and repetitive. Ironically it appears T.I. did the exact opposite on this single than what he intended. Instead of intimidating other rappers, he presented a kink in the hit-making armor that some MC just might take advantage of.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about T.I.'s incarceration and subsequent release. Do you think that experience will make him a calmer, gentler rapper? If that happens, will it be a good career move, or will fans abandon his music?

  • Talk about violence in rap music. Do you think the use of violent or threatening lyrics just exposes the struggles of urban living, or do they glorify a self-destructive lifestyle?

Music details

Release date:March 9, 2010
Label:Grand Hustle
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 12 years old July 1, 2010

i luv it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

im 12 and i have swearing in all songs soooo..........
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byAshley Brown May 7, 2010
He's backkk
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bylenee mianj July 7, 2010
------>>> i love diz song so so so so so so so so so so so so so fcken much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Great role models


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