Urban Legend works much the same way, forgoing gimmicks and relying on T.I.'s strengths. Though Lil Jon, Nelly and Pharrell all show up, the big names don't appear until well into the album. The first six songs are masterpieces, with T.I. flowing effortlessly about ascending from rags to riches and brushing off haters over some ill, anonymous bounce. "ASAP" and the sincere "Praying for Help" leave such an impression that they outshine the rest of the album. By the time Nelly shows up with the strippers for "Get Loose," it seems cheap. Nothing on Urban Legend is bad; "What They Do" (with ex-Cash Money rapper B.G.) and "My Life" (with Daz, of the Dogg Pound) are definite high points. But T.I. finds his comfort zone early, and no amount of commercial rap tricks can improve on his formula.
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