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    Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:48:43

    Interview: T-Pain - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino

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    T-Pain heads back to the strip club victoriously on his brand new single "Up Down (Do This All Day)" [featuring B.o.B]. This sizzling, slick, and sexy banger shows that he's still the king of the ass-shaking anthem. In fact, this stripper pole-ready gem remains one of the catchiest little numbers you'll hear all year. It's classic T-Pain and the perfect prelude to his forthcoming new album, STOICville.

    In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, T-Pain talks "Up Down (Do This All Day", his next album, clothing line, and so much more.

    What's the story behind "Up Down (Do this All Day)"?

    You know I'm the strip club king. It just goes like that, man. Basically, I'm just making another one. This is regular shit for me. I'm just going in!

    How did the song come together?

    It started with the beat. I was listening to the beat for about three days. Once I forced myself to do it, then I had it. It wasn't really a hard thing to do. I was just like, "Alright, I guess I'll do this one! Here we go!"

    When did you get B.o.B on it?

    You know, I've been working with B.o.B since before he got signed really. It's been a good time. It's been really collaborative with us. At the time, it wasn't the right songs or the right situation. Now, that I had something good so it was only right. I don't make people conform to what I'm doing when I got to get somebody. When you get T-Pain, you don't really want to tell T-Pain what to do. If you got in mind what you want T-Pain to do, you could've done it yourself. That's where B.o.B came from, and he enjoys strip clubs as much as I do. It was only right to get him.

    How does this lead into the album? Does it open the doorway?

    Not really man, it was more like, "Hey everybody, I'm still alive". Basically, I'm letting everybody know I'm still doing music. I've got much better shit. My label, friends, management, and everybody will tell you I got way better shit I could be putting out right now. That's what's happening at the moment though.

    Where does the record go?

    I've got a bunch of sounds on this. I cover a lot of things conceptually, covering the bases, but still keeping it T-Pain at the same time. If not the best, it's probably going to be the second best [Laughs].

    What are you covering conceptually?

    They're things that are on my mind. I've got one record called "I'm Fucking Done". It's basically about a girl cheating on a dude. Anytime a dude sings, it's usually, "I fucked up" or "We can still be friends". This is like the best breakup song ever. It's like, "You cheated, you cheating bitch! Get the hell out of my house!" It's real. It's like, "Go mess with that other dude if that's what you want to do". My intro is "The Realest Thing Ever". It's about how I got started and all of the people who held me back. I'm calling out names, and it's really just what's been on my mind. It's not politically correct. It's not the right way to do things, but it's the way I want to do things.

    You've always done things like that though.

    Right! I got lost a few times. It was just me trying to conform to the masses and listening to the label and things like that. That's how the last album came out. This time, it's just straight off the dome what's on my mind.

    Do you already have a stage show in mind?

    We're actually putting that together this week and next. It's going to be great. It's going to be fucking awesome!

    What do you remember most from the legendary Thr33 Ringz tour?

    I think my midgets man! I love my midgets! My little people were the highlight of the whole thing. I don't think people expected me to have any of that. My little people made it what it was.

    Do you still talk to them?

    Oh yeah! All the time…too much probably [Laughs].

    What's the most exciting thing going into STOICville?

    The thing that's most exciting for me is I'm proud of myself again. I'm making my own beats again. The fourth album was comprised of a lot of different producers. We brought a lot of writers in. That really wasn't me. I just wasn't proud of myself. I wasn't thinking my music was coming out the way I wanted it to. It didn't solve anything. Being proud of myself was my biggest accomplishment.

    What have you been listening to?

    Just me! That's all I've been listening to [Laughs]. If I had to pick someone, it'd be Kendrick Lamar. There's this new artist out of London called FKA Twigs. I've been digging her like crazy! I sent her some tracks last night just to help out with the project. I didn't want anything out of it. She's so dope and different. She does what she wants to do and not what people want her to do. Anybody who does that, you got a fan for life out of T-Pain.

    How did you find her?

    I think I was on Reddit for a while. I went on Reddit TV. One of her videos was on there, and after that I looked her up. She's super dope!

    If you were to compare the album to a movie or a combination of movies what would you compare it to?

    Maybe it'd be A Good Day to Die Hard? Either that or The Fifth Element. I think The Fifth Element is a good cinematic equivalent.

    Are you in a Bruce Willis mood right now?

    Maybe [Laughs]. I think that's what it is! I might be Bruce-in right now. I don't know!

    What's next for you?

    I've been comprising this plan and making sure I'm going to come back correct. I don't want to just come back and start throwing out songs and not have anything to back it up. I've got a diamond line with Akon right now. I've got a clothing line and a clothing application. There are further advances to the I Am T-Pain application. I've got mall kiosks coming out. There's a lot I'm doing. I'm putting together plans, and I think they're all going to get executed very soon.

    How separate are music and fashion for you?

    It's totally separate right now. The clothing line is called Breathe. It's basically clothing for mixed people. There are people of mixed races. We're going to basically cater to them. There's not really pants for a mixed black and white girl with small boobs and a huge ass [Laughs]. We're going to make the "Blackanese" line. We're going to make clothes for a lot of different people. There are a lot of mixed people who can't find clothes. I only know that because I'm married to a mixed woman. It's very hard to find clothes for her. Trust me. It's very hard.

    Rick Florino
    10.14.13


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