Trap Muzik is the second studio album by American rapper T.I., released on August 19, 2003 through his newly found record label Grand Hustle Records and Atlantic Records.
Due to the poor sales on T.I.'s debut album, I'm Serious, T.I. asked for a joint venture deal with Arista Records or he be released from his contract; he was subsequently dropped from the label. In 2003, T.I. launched Grand Hustle Records with his longtime business partner Jason Geter and signed a new deal with Atlantic Records.
The album spawned the hit singles "24's", "Be Easy", "Rubber Band Man", and "Let's Get Away". The album featured guest appearances by 8Ball & MJG, Jazze Pha, Bun B and Macboney. Longtime T.I. producer DJ Toomp served as executive producer for the album.
Trap Muzik debuted at number four on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and sold 109,000 copies in its first week. It also debuted at number two on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The Recording Industry Association of America certified the album platinum in December 2003 and it sold over one million copies worldwide.
Upon its release, Trap Muzik received generally favorable reviews from most music critics, who generally regarded it as a major improvement over his debut album, I'm Serious. This included Complex naming the album one of the classic albums of the last decade in 2012. on february 20th 2013 allhiphop.com placed it as #5 as the best southern hip-hop album of all time
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