T.I. at 1STBANK Center, 12/15/12

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Eric Gruneisen
T.I. on stage at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield during KS-107.5's Jingle Jam. Slide show: T.I. at the 1STBANK Center


T.I. / KS-107.5 JINGLE JAM @ 1STBANK CENTER | 12/15/12

After a bit of a wait, the lights dimmed. Screams of delight filled the 1STBANK Center, fighting for preeminence in a veritable bass-made earthquake. A booming, overpowering voice delivered a fiery sermon as the man of the evening finally took the stage. With the audience already under his control, T.I. prowled the stage with the swagger and ferocity of a lion and announced, in a song, "I'm Back," reaffirming who is and always has been the king.

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Eric Gruneisen
T.I. on stage at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield during KS-107.5's Jingle Jam. Slide show: T.I. at the 1STBANK Center

As far is rap is concerned, T.I. has the total package: Lyrics, flow, style, production, energy, charisma and that ever-endearing drawl. On stage, he's a force of nature, and he put everything on display, exploring the gamut of hip-hop experience, from the rugged recklessness of "24's" to the freeing, impossible-not-to-dance-to "Live Your Life." He also managed the show smartly, starting with well-known anthems like "Rubberband Man" to make sure the crowd was involved, then drawing back some energy with softer joints like "Love This Life" that transitioned seamlessly into the similar but more recognizable "Whatever You Like."

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Eric Gruneisen
T.I. on stage at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield during KS-107.5's Jingle Jam. Slide show: T.I. at the 1STBANK Center

T.I.'s song selection was diverse and spanned most of his ten plus year career, including several from his new album, Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head, like "Trap Back Jumpin" and "Sorry," for which T.I. allowed the recorded, disembodied voice of Andre 3000 to perform his entire rousing verse. An artist's new material never goes over as well as the old favorites in a live performance because the audience hasn't yet figured out how to react, and T.I.'s new stuff was no exception. Compared to popular rap bangers like "What You Know" and "Big Shit Poppin'," the fresh material from Tip's heavy head doesn't hold up yet, but it sounds awfully good anyway.

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Eric Gruneisen
T.I. on stage at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield during KS-107.5's Jingle Jam. Slide show: T.I. at the 1STBANK Center

As the show neared its end, T.I. delivered a tender thank you to those that have continued their support of him during his legal troubles, blasted the haters and urged his fans, in words and then song, to "Live Your Life," then, perhaps in homage to how he lives his, performed "Ball," dropped his mike dramatically on the stage and peaced out.

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1STBANK Center

11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, CO

Category: Music

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