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T.I. @ Key Club, 10/3/08

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T.I. performs at the Key Club in West Hollywood | Photo by Michael Park courtesy of MySpace Music

Just like many of his peers, T.I. has a roster of nicknames as long as the chain around his neck. One of the most popular of those nicknames is "The King of the South," but on Friday night, at the Key Club T.I. was simply the King.

T.I. could have easily mailed this show in. His latest effort Paper Trail is already on shelves racking up sales that Billboard estimates to be the third highest debut week of 2008. Thanks to MySpace Music, who continues to bring big name acts to small intimate venues, none of the fans in attendance paid a dime for the show. With those two factors, there really wasn't a great deal of motivation for T.I. to put on decent show and he didn't put on a decent show, actually, he put together an incredible performance that would have won over any T.I. haters if there were any in the crowd.

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The CEO of Grand Hustle Records was on his hustle during an approximately 90 minute long set that ran through the Atlanta native's impressive catalog of chart toppers, club bangers and every thing in between. While the downfall of many live hip-hop performances is the free-wheeling improvisational feel to them, where the emcee seems to be rattling their brain of which single he thinks will fit best, T.I. backed by DJ Drama was working off what appeared to be a cleverly crafted set list.