I'm Flexin
by T.I.

Album: Single Release Only (2011)
Charted: 66

Songfacts®:

  • T.I. released this street single just two days after being released from the Atlanta halfway house where he'd finished serving out a 11 month prison sentence on drug charges. The song finds the King of the South asserting triumphantly that he is officially back over three pointed verses. "The A is mine, no questions asked/The king's home, now the best is back," he spits. The song was released to iTunes on October 4, 2011.
  • T.I. said during a conference call with a handful of DJs and journalists that this was the first song he recorded when freed, and he "kept gravitating back" to it.
  • Meridian, Mississippi, producer Big K.R.I.T. produced the track, and he also appears on a small portion of the song's chorus. "The record is hot," longtime collaborator DJ Drama said in an interview with MTV. "Big K.R.I.T. deserves it. He's been working for a long time. So they're both fans of each other, so s--t is definitely gonna be a nice sound for the ear."
  • Big K.R.I.T. said of his beat for this Southern banger to MTV News: "I just wanted to make something super jammin', something organic and vintage-sounding, as far as Southern hip-hop is concerned. I felt like when he heard it, he knew exactly where I was trying to go with it. And he killed that s--t, so it worked out."
  • It seemed everyone tuned in when T.I. premiered his comeback song on Atlanta radio, but Big K.R.I.T. told The Boombox he didn't catch the tune's first play. "Actually, I didn't catch the premiere 'cause I was on a flight to Fort Lauderdale but I had mad people calling me and texting me to go on V103's site and check it out so I'm super excited," he shared.
  • The song's music video was shot in Atlanta, and as well as T.I. and Big K.R.I.T., the clip also features cameos from the rapper's labelmates Young Dro and B.o.B.
  • T.I. told The Boombox that hooking up with K.R.I.T. was an organic situation, which happened spontaneously. He explained: " I saw that video that he got with Bun [B] and Chris [Ludacris]. I heard that in the joint, and liked it. I didn't know who he was. I'd seen his name, heard about it in the magazines, but I hadn't heard his music -- when I heard it, I dug it. But when I got home, coincidentally, my guys gave me a CD with beats on it and one of the beats on it just happened to be a record that he did. So I made the record and after I made the record, they told me who did it and I was like, 'Oh, OK. That works.' So it just happened."

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