Christina Collaborates with T.I

“Everyone thinks I have it all, but it’s so empty living behind these castle walls. If I should tumble, if I should fall, would anyone hear me screaming behind these castle walls? There’s no one here at all, behind these castle walls.” These are the opening lines sung by Christina Aguilera in her latest collaboration with rap artist T.I. The song, ‘Castle Walls’, from T.I.’s new album, No Mercy, explores the life of the rich and famous, and conveys the message that everything is not always as perfect as it might seem.

T.I. or T.I.P, as he is known in the music industry, was born on 25 September 1980 and burst onto the music scene in 2001. Although he has already released six albums, only his last four, namely Urban Legend, Paper Trail, T.I. vs T.I.P and King, made an impact on the music industry and fans. Singles such as ‘What You Know’, ‘Got Your Back’ and ‘Live Your Life’ have gained so much success and boosted his career. Despite all this, the controversial artist has not been able to keep to the right side of the law. He is no stranger to doing jail time, and he has been working on releasing his seventh album, No Mercy, while serving an eleven month jail term. As with so many artists, T.I. also has his own demons to fight, and the fame and success sometimes masks the reality of a celebrity’s daily life. Together with Christina Aguilera, T.I. expresses the emotions and struggles faced each day that are not seen by the public or the media.

After Christina opens the song in a subdued and soft melody, T.I. takes over with a rap: “Observing the estate through the gate from the outside looking in, Bet you would think I got it made, Better look again. It surely seem like the King’s life seems glamorous if seen through the eyes of untrained amateurs.” The lyrics reflect on what the media does not see, especially his determination to be a better father. Producer Alex Da Kid commented on the new single saying, “It’s hip-hop, it’s electro, but I think it’s gonna lend itself to a broad audience. It has some kind of substance to it in the lyrics. It should work on radio and in the club, hopefully.”