Like the early-'70s Marvin Gaye soundtrack its title nods to, "Trouble Man" at its best examines the unseen cost of crime, as in "Can You Learn" (with R. Kelly) and "Wildside," which opens with one of several skits dramatizing T.I.'s various arrests. But he isn't strictly playing the reformer: "Sorry," a stirring collaboration with Andre 3000, insists, "You can't please everybody," while in "Who Want Some" T.I. boasts of indiscretions to come over a swaggering beat by DJ Toomp.
As for the clunkers, "G Season" and "Ball" fail to deepen themes and the chorus of "Cruisin" makes a regrettable rhyme of "Lamborghini" and "blue bikini." But those feel pretty harmless compared with "Guns and Roses," which interpolates a dreary rendition of Pachelbel's Canon, and "Wonderful Life," in which Akon sinks T.I.'s mournful verses by crooning lines from "Your Song" by Elton John.
"Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head"