T-Pain’s fingerprints are all over pop and R&B and hip-hop. He wasn’t the first musician to use Auto-Tune as an instrument — he noticed it on a Jennifer Lopez remix, and remembers “Deep” well — but it was, as he says, his style. For a while, in the mid-2000s, he lived at the top of the charts. He dominated that brief moment of our lives when ringtones were a thing. He was celebrated as an innovator, and he happily took his talents where he was invited, which was everywhere.
But somewhere along the way, somebody got it twisted. “People felt like I was using it to sound good,” says T-Pain, in an interview that will air on All Things Considered. “But I was just using it to sound different.”
He just turned 30, but T-Pain has already done enough to drop a greatest hits album next week. We asked him if he’d grace the Tiny Desk without any embellishment or effects to show what’s really made his career: his voice, and those songs.
Nas surprised fans at the Run The Jewels fan appreciation event tonight, and dropped off his new single.
DJ Jazzy Jeff:
Ljubljana Slovenia Rocked last night!!! No sleep now off to Frankfurt then to Dubai!!! Blessed by the Best!!! #vinyldestination
Check out a short clip from last night’s party after the jump.
Shady Records just unveiled the official track list for SHADYXV! The two-CD collection of greatest hits and compilation of all new music will be out Nov 24. Pre-order and more info coming soon.
Term recruits some of battle raps finest with Chilla Jones and Cortez on the track, as they lay down some murderous verses. Hosted by DJ Doo Wop & Produced By Billy Loman. Catch this song on Term’s new album “Shut Up And Rap” Out 12/9.
Nick Huff Barili of Hard Knock TV, in collaboration with GRAMMY.com sits down with Wiz Khalifa for in-depth interview. In part 2 Wiz talks to Nick Huff Barili about breaking the stoner stigma so he can grow. Not only does Wiz address fans that want him to make another Kush & Orange Juice mixtape but he also shares this thoughts on Mac Miller leaving Rostrum Records. As the interview continues Wiz shares his top 5 albums and builds the ultimate MC based on other MC’s abilities. Part 2 concludes with Wiz talking about writing a sequel to Mac & Devin Go to High School with Snoop, wanting to play Rick James in a movie and sharing advice that has helped him in his career.
Keeping that classic hip hop feel going, Grafh is back with another banger from his “88 Crack Era” tape. He remade EPMD’s “You’re A Customer” and added his gritty but witty lyrical style to it. With DJ TedSmooth on the beat & Grafh in the booth, real Hip Hop is alive and well. The tape is scheduled to be released on Nov 4th