After running into every album-delaying obstacle possible - the inevitable leak, sentencing from old charges, being saved-by-the-bell with probation only to violate the probation many more times - the final cut of *King* elevated T.I. and his Bankhead tales to a definition unseen before it. *King* remains a top candidate for Holy Text in the Bible of Zone 1: it’s a star-studded monstrosity of sonic exuberance, assembling the likes of Mannie Fresh, DJ Toomp, Khao, and Keith Mack to play the most formidable accomplices to whichever palette Tip aims to tackle. Tip’s not here to convince anyone of his greatness; merely to extend another invitation, no matter how daunting the circumstances.