Dead and Gone
by T.I. (featuring Justin Timberlake)

Album: Paper Trail (2008)
Charted: 4 2

Songfacts®:

  • This track features and was co-produced by Justin Timberlake. T.I. and Timberlake had previously worked together on the latter's chart-topper "My Love."
  • On this song T.I. is proclaiming that the old him (his former wilder self) is dead and gone.
  • T.I.'s former best friend and personal assistant Philant "Big Phil" Johnson is referenced in this song. Johnson died in a gunfight in 2006 after T.I.'s entourage was caught up in an altercation outside an Ohio nightclub. His headstone shows up in the video: Philant A. Johnson, Jan. 28, 1980 - May 3, 2006.
  • Co-producer Rob Knox (Chris Brown and Britney Spears) spoke to HipHopDX.com about the creation of the song: "We were like, this guy's going through a lot with his whole court case situation and his best friend dyin', and everything in the world kind of crumbling in front of him in a way. We [agreed that] it would be real cool and unexpected to give people something a little more heartfelt - not the club, party, typical record that everybody wanted. We even had a feeling that T.I. was gonna mention that, but we already had a plan for him."
  • Timberlake joins T.I. in the Chris Robinson-directed music video, much of which was shot on a road in Lancaster, California. The clip begins with a Bible verse from 1 Corinthians 13:11 as the rapper pledges to leave his old ways behind him ("But when I became a man, I put childish things away") to honor his late friend. He even wears Big Phil's dog tags and includes shots of his friend's tombstone. As for Timberlake, he just wanted to bring his own piano, which meant shutting down a country road to get it on location.
  • An avid golfer, Timberlake later hired the video's stylist to design his golf shirts.

Comments: 5

  • Mark from Bolton, MaCould this song also refer to america?
    "For red or for blue or for blow I guess" blow is cocaine, which is also called white.
    Then Justin Timberlake talks about looking to the east and west and having no one, then looking north for friends (Canada)
  • Dylan from Euclid, Ohi love this song, but this song is about his homes are dead afer gang fights and drugs, and now hes is walking home and taking drugs after that fight.
  • Lauryn from Lewisville, Txi LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH SO DEEP
  • Mercedies from Soldotna, AkI love this song!! OMG its such a moving song. T.I is what got me into rap! great song!
  • Max from Agoura Hills, CaThe music video reminds me of Alpha Dog, the movie Justin Timberlake was in.
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