Trap MuzikÂ is the secondÂ studio albumÂ by AmericanÂ hip hopÂ recording artistÂ T.I., released on August 19, 2003, throughÂ Atlantic RecordsÂ and his newly founded record labelÂ Grand Hustle Records. Due to the poor sales on T.I.’s debut albumÂ I’m SeriousÂ (2001), T.I. asked for aÂ joint ventureÂ deal withÂ Arista RecordsÂ 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 features guest appearances fromÂ 8Ball & MJG,Â Jazze Pha,Â Bun BÂ andÂ Mac Boney. With T.I.’s longtimeÂ record producerÂ DJ Toomp serving as an executive producer for this album.Â Trap MuzikÂ debuted at number 4 on the USÂ BillboardÂ 200Â and number 2 on the USÂ Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 110,000 copies in the first week.Â The album wasÂ certified platinumÂ by theÂ Recording Industry Association of AmericaÂ (RIAA).
Upon its release,Â Trap MuzikÂ received generally favorable reviews from most music critics, who generally regarded it as a major improvement fromÂ I’m Serious. In 2012,Â ComplexÂ named the album one of the classic albums of the last decade.