Welcome to the World (T.I. song)

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"Welcome to the World"
Song by T.I. featuring Kanye West and Kid Cudi
from the album No Mercy

"Welcome to the World" is a song by T.I. featuring Kanye West and Kid Cudi, from T.I.'s seventh studio album No Mercy (2010). It was produced solely by West.[1]


The track leaked online on November 22, 2010, within the same week that West's fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was released.[2] T.I. was actually locked down in a federal prison at the time of this leak.[3] In his appearance, West addresses rumours of being an Illuminati member when rapping: "People ask me shit about the Illuminati/First off, fuck that mean?/He loved Jesus when he he he was worse off, oh I see/When they think a nigga is stupid rich/People just start coming up with stupid shit".[4]

Critical reception[edit]

HipHopDX received the song negatively, describing it as being: 'not nearly as cordial an introduction as the title suggests, as T.I. and Kanye West sound like they’re having a terrible day, and the listener is responsible and must bear the brunt of their respective wrath'.[5] However, USA Today had a more positive reception towards "Welcome to the World", describing it as a track that: 'opens the album with T.I.'s characteristic swagger'.[6]

When Complex listed the best collaborations between West and Cudi in August 2017, the song was positioned at number nine.[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

Upon the release of the featuring album, "Welcome to the World" peaked at number 17 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100.[8]


Chart (2010) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[9] 17


  1. ^ Credits: No Mercy. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2018-10-27.
  2. ^ "Kanye West and Kid Cudi Guest on New T.I. Leak, "Welcome to the World"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "New Music: T.I. feat. Kanye West, Kid Cudi: "Welcome To The World"". Vibe. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "9 Rappers Accused of Being In The Illuminati". Complex. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "T.I. - No Mercy". HipHopDX. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Listen Up: T.I., Daft Punk, Natasha Bedingfield, more". USATODAY.com. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "Best Kid Cudi And Kanye West Collaborations". Complex. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "T.I. Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "T.I. Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 27, 2018.

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