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The King of Auto-Tune has retired his crown.
Since releasing debut album Rappa Ternt Sanga in December 2005, T-Pain has lent his digitally altered vocals to some of the biggest hits of the past decade, including solo singles and all-star collaborations with Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown. Although he ditched the pitch-fixed sound last year for his natural singing voice, those team-ups still 'blow my mind the most: having people I grew up listening to wanting to do songs with me,' says the 30-year-old (real name: Faheem Najm).
As he readies a new album for release next year, T-Pain celebrates Rappa's 10th anniversary by breaking down some of his most beloved songs. (Warning: Some contain NSFW language.)
1. I'm Sprung
Peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in November 2005
T-Pain's debut single, Sprung, was written for his wife, Amber, whom he married in 2003 and has three children with. 'It was brand new love. It was the kind of love that makes you write a song about it.' The song itself came together quickly. 'I was experimenting with Auto-Tune at the time and I really got into it. It was fairly easy to get that done, because it was about something I am well-versed in: love.' Before T-Pain had even signed to Jive Records, 'the song was already circulating. It was kind of surprising once I found out what label money does to a song — just seeing it spread once the label got involved was amazing. It surprised me how fast it happened, but I already knew it was a good song.'
2. I'm 'n Luv (Wit a Stripper) (feat. Mike Jones)
Peaked at No. 5 in February 2006
Luv was inspired by a night when T-Pain took his friend to a strip club for the first time. 'We got one girl to dance on him and he was just automatically trying to take her out of the club, pay for her tuition and do everything. The next couple days in the studio, everybody was still laughing about it. I started playing with GarageBand on my Mac and singing, 'I'm in love with a stripper,' and everybody was like, 'Yo, lay that down and we'll give it to (him) as a joke.' Then the label came in and we were going through some songs I had recorded. They heard the 'joke' and were like, 'This is the furthest thing from a joke. We're putting this out next week.' ' The fact that it became a hit 'threw me off. I was literally trying to make a bad song but it didn't work.'
3. Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin') (feat. Yung Joc)
Peaked at No. 1 in May 2007
'This is the first record where I was trying to make a hit song. I was going into the studio consciously like, 'What do people like talking about? They like drinking and they like drinking with girls. What do you say to a girl to get her a drink?' I really went down the list. That was the first time I had ever done that. I didn't like doing that, because that's not really making music to me — that's making hit songs to get some money real quick.' The track started simple and sparse, before he started adding harmonies and ad-libs to the verses. 'It got to where I actually liked the song. I was like, 'This is a pretty cool, dope song.' That's what really made me like it and then it became my first No. 1.'
4. Kiss Kiss, Chris Brown
Peaked at No. 1 in November 2007
Kiss' music video shot on Florida International University's University Park campus in Miami. 'It was a two-day shoot, but I was super lazy at the time, so I only showed up for one day. Just watching how they were trying to split everything into two days was pretty funny because it was quite hectic and Chris would not let up on getting what he asked for. I gained tons of respect for Chris, he was really taking charge of that whole thing.' Although Brown had already scored hits such as Yo (Excuse Me Miss) and Say Goodbye prior, 'it made me feel like Chris had grown up and was doing his thing.'
5. Good Life, Kanye West
Peaked at No. 7 in November 2007
T-Pain recorded a number of different hooks for Life, but 'it just wasn't sounding right to Kanye. He needed something different that was real anthemic and blew his mind right away. What ended up happening was, he made a composite of all the hooks that I did and made the hook out of it. Even the last part that I sing — 'Is the good life better than the life I live?' — that was one of the hooks, and he just put it at the end of the song and made it a bridge.' When it came time to shoot the music video, 'it was a completely different song. I got to the shoot and (Kanye) was like, 'Do you want to listen?' And I was like, 'No, I've heard it.' He was like, 'No, you're going to want to listen to the song again before we start.' '
6. Low, Flo Rida
Peaked at No. 1 in January 2008
Low's hook was one of many that T-Pain wrote during a one-night writing session with Atlantic Records' A&R head Mike Caren. 'He gave me a bunch of beats and I just ran down the list and did a bunch of hooks. A lot of them turned into singles for Atlantic artists,' including Flo Rida, then an up-and-coming rapper. The song's now-iconic refrain of 'Shawty had them Apple Bottom jeans / boots with the fur' was inspired, in part, by 'what all the girls were wearing. It was a rich white girl's uniform, it was so weird. Now it's like Uggs and yoga pants and Starbucks cups. It was just what I was seeing girls wear in the club and it kind of wrote itself.'
7. Got Money, Lil Wayne
Peaked at No. 10 in September 2008
Money's music video depicts a bank heist, but 'what a lot of people don't know is that Wayne was shooting two videos at once. He was shooting (the A Milli video) out on the street and then it turned into the bank video. Everything about that day was super fun, it was just a bright and sunny day.' Wayne and T-Pain are shown throwing cash throughout the video, a lot of which was real. 'I didn't feel comfortable because it wasn't mine — or maybe it was. Maybe that was my payment for the video. I asked for fake money, but they kept passing me real money, like, 'Yo, just throw this.' I was like, 'No, I'm not throwing real (expletive) money.' '
8. Blame It, Jamie Foxx
Peaked at No. 2 in May 2009
'Jamie's a crazy dope writer. A lot of people don't know that, but it's insane how good he is. He came up with the hook and wrote the verses, and sent me the song. For some reason, it took me like 20 minutes to catch the chord progression. It was weird, I didn't know how to set my Auto-Tune and I was like, 'I don't want to call and ask how he set his Auto-Tune, that would be embarrassing.' So I just went through like 20 minutes of trying to figure out how I was going to sing this thing, because I didn't want to do the same rhythm as him. I just kept the faith and hopefully I was going to stumble on one of the keys of Auto-Tune I wanted to do this in. Once I found it, I recorded my verse, sent it to him,' and Blame won a Grammy Award in 2010 for best R&B performance by a duo/group with vocals.
9. I'm on a Boat, The Lonely Island
Peaked at No. 56 in June 2009
After T-Pain appeared on Saturday Night Live in 2008, Andy Samberg's comedy trio reached out to his team about collaborating. 'They sent us the song and I didn't know what the (expletive) they were talking about. I couldn't tell if the song was serious or not, so it kind of confused me. But once they said it was a Digital Short, then of course I complied. They wrote the whole thing, I went and put my voice on it, and sent it back.' They later shot the video in Miami on a '$30 million yacht, which was pretty cool. I'll tell you what, though — it was cold as (expletive) out there. We had to do these (aerial) shots and I wish drones had been popular back then, because they used an actual helicopter and that thing was spraying so much water on us. That was probably the worst video day I've ever been through.'
10. All I Do is Win, DJ Khaled (feat. Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross)
Peaked at No. 24 in July 2010
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If there's one thing you should know about Khaled, it's that he's persistent. 'He won't let you not do something. If he has an idea, it's going to happen real quick and on his terms. He showed up to my studio one night and I was like, 'Man, I'm doing stuff. I could be here eating steak and lobster, but I'm actually working. Let me chill.' In the next 20 minutes, he had someone show up with a ton of steak and lobster for the whole studio. It was pretty (expletive) impressive. I was like, 'I was just trying to make a statement, but thanks. I'm going to eat it.' '
Afterward, Khaled gave him a handful of beats to record Win's hook over, including one produced by DJ Nasty and LVM. 'I go in the booth and start doing ad-libs, and it was very confusing for him because I could hear it in my head and he couldn't. So he stopped the beat and was like, 'Yo, I don't think that's it. Let's try something else.' I was like, 'How about this? How about you get the (expletive) out of here and I'll call you when it's time to come back in.' He left, I finished the hook, and he came back in and was like, 'This is the biggest (expletive) hook of all time. This is an anthem.' '
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|Single by DJ Khaled featuring Kanye West and T-Pain|
|from the album We Global|
|Released||September 16, 2008|
'Go Hard' is the second single from DJ Khaled's third studio album, We Global.The track features American rappers Kanye West and T-Pain. They both used the auto-tune effect. The song is produced by The Runners and it samples Madonna's 1985 song 'Angel'. It first charted on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip Hop chart on December 15, 2012, debuting at #25, where it peaked at #15, and has started chart on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs debuting at #85 and then rising to #53 so far. It also debuted at #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 the same week the album We Global was released due to digital downloads, also at #19 on the Hot Rap Tracks.
'Go Hard' is featured in the 2013 video game expansion pack, Grand Theft Auto IV, and can be found on the in-game radio station The Beat 102.7.
The official video (directed by Hype Williams) was released on November 7. The low budget music video features cameos from Ace Hood (Wearing a shirt promoting his album, Gutta), Rick Ross, Tyson Beckford, Tay Dizm and DJ Clue among others. DJ Khaled and T-Pain shot this video and the video for T-Pain's song 'Karaoke' on the same day.
The official remix features a verse by Jay-Z replacing Kanye West's first verse, T-Pain's chorus and Kanye West's 2nd verse from the original are used and a new intro & outro by Khaled, it was released on the internet on December 28, 2012. The remix is included in the deluxe edition of Jay-Z's compilation album The Hits Collection Vol. 1. Chamillionaire has released a freestyle of this song called 'Keep Hatin' for his mixtape, Mixtape Messiah 5. There is a remix that keeps Kanye West's verses and T-Pain's chorus and adds a Twista verse. There is also a remix with Dipset rapper Juelz Santana. Nicki Minaj made a freestyle to the song on her mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||69|
|U.S. BillboardHot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||53|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop||29|
|U.S. BillboardHot Rap Tracks||19|