T-Pain Says "808s & Heartbreak" Was A "Direct Copy" Of His Debut Album
We know that T-Pain was involved in the writing of Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak, but last he spoke about it, he revealed that 'Ye had dismissed his ideas as "weak," even recording a strange "diss" track in the midst of the sessions.
T-Pain Recalls Lil Wayne & Birdman's Insane Bets On Simulated Madden Games
As we've seen from many of his interviews, T-Pain is a hilarious dude who knows how to tell a story, and there's probably no one better to reveal Lil Wayne and Birdman's ridiculous gambling practices to the world. While Pain was participating in a Twitch live stream as he played Doom earlier this week, he decided to share a hilarious anecdote from his time spent recording with Wayne. According to the singer, Weezy and Birdman (who were on good terms at the time), would bet $10,000 on video game matches in Madden. If that's not insane enough -- they weren't even playing!
T-Pain Says Future Writes Great Songs But Doesn't Understand Auto-Tune
T-Pain is well-known for his use of auto-tune, and recently took to Instagram to throw some shots at fellow pitch-correction abuser Future. The rapper turnt singer poked fun at the Bugatti used in the video for the Ace Hood-helmed track that Future sings the hook on.
The Best Super Bowl Commercials Starring Rappers
Over its 50 year lifespan, the NFL's championship game has done a better job than any other sporting event of attracting viewers who have little to no interest in the sport. Gratuitous halftime shows starring some of the biggest musicians in the world is certainly one draw for non-fans, but the game has also become the biggest day of the year for advertisers in the US, for once making the many commercial breaks actually enjoyable to the viewer. Budgets are huge, humor is a must, and high-profile cameos are almost a certainty at this point.
Vote For Your Favorite "Panda" Remix
Desiigner's "Panda" was crowned the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 Monday afternoon. It marked the culmination of a wild four months in which the 18-year old Brooklyn rapper went from complete unknown to G.O.O.D. Music signee, The Life of Pablo feature, and internet sensation.
T-Pain's New Mixtape Will Feature Unheard Aaliyah Vocals [Update: Full Tracklist Revealed]
The newly released "Wait a Minute" with OG Maco has us hyped for T-Pain's The Iron Way. After performing a 42 song set at SXSW, he sat down with VIBE and revealed the other features on his upcoming mixtape. Aside from Maco, The Iron Way will feature Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., and, most surprisingly, Aaliyah.
Top Tracks: May 16 - May 22
This past week, we were finally able to take a deep breath and reflect on all of the major projects we've heard in the past month -- A$AP Ferg, Bankroll Mafia, Beyoncé, Drake, Skepta, Rittz, Chance The Rapper, and Post Malone have all dropped full-lengths in that relatively brief timespan. It would appear that the summer's first burst of high-profile albums has subsided, but as we await projects from Travi$ Scott, YG, ScHoolboy Q, and others, at least guys like The Underachievers and Casey Veggies have given us something new to chew on.
*T-Pain Voice*: 5 Rappers Who Pushed Auto-Tune Forward
Auto-tune was something of a taboo in rap, for some it may always be, but for the most part, it's been accepted as a common songwriting tool. As prevalent as it may be today, there was only on figure who can really be attributed with popularizing the effect, and that's T-Pain (sorry, Cher).
T-Pain Says He's Not Making A "Comeback," Explains Aaliyah Collaboration
T-Pain dropped his brand new mixtape The Iron Way earlier today, but don't call it a comeback. Speaking with HNHH recently, the auto-tune slinging singer spoke of the way the industry can frame a return from a hiatus as something it's not.
T-Pain Shuts Down The Fader Fort At SXSW [Update: Watch Full Sets From Big Sean & Migos]
T-Pain: still got it!!! The Toast of Tallahassee took the stage last night for a surprise performance at the FADER Fort at SXSW. Backed by a live band, he performed 42 songs in all, a mixture of his old bangers and material from his upcoming album Stoicville: The Phoenix with a few Kanye West, Rick Ross, and R. Kelly covers sprinkled in for good measure.
Blurred Lines: The Integration Of R&B In Hip-Hop
In the '90s the rap and R&B scenes had really emerged in to their own distinctiveness. The R&B scene was dominated by acts like Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, SWV, Ginuwine, Mariah Carey, Brandy and Monica and many many more. Although frequently featured on hip-hop records singing the hook, artists of this genre were still able to maintain their soulful sound and be acknowledged as bonafide R&B acts. The general theme of R&B songs back then were the painful ups and downs of breakups, as well as the need for love. Same goes with hip-hop artists of that era.
BET Hip Hop Awards 2015 Green Carpet Interviews: T-Pain, DeJ, Esco, & More
The heat index pushed 100 at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. T-Pain was sweltering in his red leather suit jacket. "I'm sooooo hot," he said. HNHH's own S. WHiT endured the heat as she held it down on the green carpet before the show, interviewing 16 rappers, producers, and industry power players, including DeJ Loaf, Big K.R.I.T, Redman, Casey Veggies, Southside, and many more.
T-Pain Hates Homophobia In Rap, Mentions Frank Ocean & Macklemore
In an interview with VladTV, T-Pain sat down and talked about the disparity between the emergence of "gay-friendly" acts in Hip-Hop, directly citing Frank Ocean and Macklemore, and his perception of Urban Music's reluctance to accomodate the LGBT community. Of this, T-Pain commented, saying:
T-Pain's "The Iron Way" Review
T-Pain dropped his new mixtape at the end of last week. After keeping busy with three mixtapes and four studio records in less than a decade, T-Pain went dark with no releases since 2012, until now. After filling up the interim with featured roles on tracks by basically every big name out there, and even taking a detour to quiet haters by putting his musical prowess on display in an NPR Tiny Desk Concert, The Iron Way marks the Florida born musician's true return.
T-Pain, DeJ Loaf, Metro Boomin & Missy Elliott Have Been In The Studio Together
T-Pain's Stoicville: The Phoenix album has been long in the making, but from the looks of it, the project will be worth the wait. Pain did some flexing on Twitter and Instagram yesterday, revealing that he'd just wrapped a studio session with the powerful team of Metro Boomin, DeJ Loaf, and Missy Elliott.
T-Pain Explains Why His Aaliyah Collaboration Didn't Make The Mixtape
T-Pain's new mixtape, The Iron Way, has been very well-received, and anticipation is higher than ever for the singer's upcoming album, Stoicville.
T-Pain Thinks Hip-Hop Needs More "Original Content"
It's been quite a while since T-Pain graced the Top 40 charts that used to seem like his second home, but the "Rappa-Ternt-Sanga" still thinks he's one of the most original artists the game has ever seen. In a recent interview on Montana's Zoo 107.5 FM, Teddy Pain was outspoken about a recent lack of interesting content in the R&B and Hip-Hop worlds. Speaking with host Aaron Traylor, T-Pain said:
Stream E-40's "Sharp On All 4 Corners 1 & 2"
E-40 only announced his new album less than two months in advance, and now the Sharp On All 4 Corners 1 & 2 release date has arrived. You can stream the full two-disc project below, via Spotify.
Auto-Tune: Hip-Hop's Rejuvenation
People do not like change. Music fans, especially. When the use of Auto-Tune exploded in the mid-2000s, many were skeptical. Today, many still are. Since its creation in 1997, Auto-Tune has crept its way into virtually every genre of music, most notably Hip-hop/R&B. Originally intended to simply change the key of an off-pitch vocal, it is reasonable for one to believe that the voice-modulating software has been taken advantage of- resulting in quite robotic vocals. Commercially, however, Auto-Tune proves most effective when it is strained to the limit.
T-Pain Announces "The Iron Way" Mixtape Release Date
A couple months back, T-Pain announced he would be releasing a Gangsta Grillz mixtape called The Iron Way later this year. The project has now been given an official release date, and will be arriving on March 26th.