T.I. may have rounded up Grand Hustle’s newest signees for “Hell You Saying,” but as soon as he chimes in, the new track actually feels like a throwback.
Premiered by Billboard and produced by FKi, “Saying” pulses along to a climbing and skittering synth line, sonics that come close to drowning out Iggy Azalea‘s staccato rhymes about being all over it like Thousand Island dressing. (Young Dro and Travis $cott‘s blunter deliveries fares better here.) When T.I. hops in, though, his in-the-pocket flow merges in seamlessly so that his callback to 2012′s “Trap Back Jumpin’” is heard loud and clear. Together, his flow and FKi’s beat actually recalls a 2006 pop hit — Justin Timberlake‘s “My Love,” produced by Timbaland and featuring T.I. himself.
DJ Whoo Kid has contributed “Saying” to SXSW-inspired mixtape SXEW (South by East West), also hosted by DJ Skee and DJ MLK. Meanwhile, T.I.’s prepping his ninth album Paperwork: The Motion Picture, produced by Pharrell and due later this year. For now, hear “Saying” after the jump.
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