T.I. made good on his promise that his forthcoming Trouble Man would be reminiscent of the Trap Muzik days. “Trap Back Bumpin” proved this to be true. Now, the visual for “Ball” featuring Lil Wayne is further evidence that one thing T.I. knows best– the trap. “Ball” is unarguably a club record. The sped up drums are bound to make someone drop down and get their eagle on, girl. In appealing to the audience that has been with T.I.P. since I’m Serious–before the commercial success, before the movies, before the hit reality show–he takes it back to the ‘hood.
There’s a party on the lawn of what is most likely public housing. Men, women, elders and children dance to the catchy lyrics. There’s no real structure to what average, everyday people are doing in the video. And that’s the point. A couple of men are barbequing while another eats the biggest bowl of cereal we’ve seen since Craig in Friday had no milk to go with his breakfast. Two women sit under the hair dryer while another relaxes in a recliner. Since Lil Wayne lends his vocals it wouldn’t be right if folks weren’t skateboarding. With the tricked out car on the grass, the bottles being popped, all in the middle of what looks like the PJs and a cameo from Baby (aka Birdman), it’s safe to call this video hood rich.