T.I. offers his rags-to-riches story in which "living on the edge" was "just a habit" on the opening introductory track for Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head
. The song samples Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man
." Speaking to BET's 106 & Park
, Tip explained why he both borrowed from Marvin Gaye's classic track both for this song and the album title. "I felt like at that moment in time, Marvin Gaye's life embodied what the word 'Trouble Man' and what the song meant in all senses of the word," he explained. "And today... I feel like the past six, seven years of my life, and the adversity...in my life that I have endured and overcame, that is synonymous and it embodies what the word 'Trouble Man' means today."
"Marvin Gaye did it for them back then, and I'm doing it for us right now," he added. "Nothing but love and respect, and nothing but salutations and respect to Marvin Gaye and his whole family."