T.I. Was Beyonce’s Original ‘Upgrade’
For the most part, labeling Beyonce’ as a worldwide superstar may be one of the biggest understatements of the decade. She’s amassed more hit singles in career thus far than a great majority of the music business combined. She’s grossing over $50 million a year and married to arguably the greatest rapper of all time. Yep, life is good for Mrs. Knowles-Carter.
However, that’s not why I’m here. As always, I am attempting to shed light on music what many would refer to as “rare.” I don’t see it as that, I just happened to download it a long time ago and I’m reciprocating the favor now. Back to the subject, the former leading lady of Destiny’s Child released her sophomore album, B-Day, in 2006 with one of her more recognizable singles being “Upgrade U”, a duet with the aforementioned Jay-Z.
While Jay definitely delivered a memorable verse on this Swizz Beatz instrumental, it was, in fact, T.I. who served as the original guest. The incarcerated king (who will be released from prison in March) had his verse removed for business reasons and was ultimately a good decision in the long run, at least in the terms of sales and impact. Regardless, add this to your archives and feel free to leave your own take on the record.