T-Pain Talks "If I Could Change the World" Foundation, "Come to the Crib 2", His "Pulp Fiction", Wanting to Record with Dethklok and more
Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:07:04
A lot of celebrities and musicians will record songs, host telethons, or make PSAs when something catastrophic happens.
However, there are millions of people around the world who need help daily. An earth-shattering event shouldn't be the only thing that triggers lending a hand to your fellow brothers and sisters—especially if you're in the position to do so. For years, T-Pain has been doing everything he can to help those in need. He doesn't brag about it; he simply does it.
Now, he's helping in the biggest way he can with the formation of his "If I Could Change the World Foundation". Still, he's putting the power in the hands of the people.
Rather than choose an overarching initiative himself, fans can vote on the year's primary initiative via the foundation's official site. In order to celebrate the launch, he's throwing a party like only he can with "Come to the Crib 2" at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center alongside some friends Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Ace Hood, Young Cash, Tay Dizm and M Beezy. He promises a night to remember for a very good cause. Tickets are available now here!
"It's been a long time coming," says Pain of his "If I Could Change the World" Foundation. "We've been trying to develop this for about two years. Now, it finally came to life. I'm happy about it."
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, T-Pain talks the "If I Could Change the World" Foundation, "Come to the Crib 2", why rEVOLVEr is his Pulp Fiction, wanting to record with Dethklok, and more…
What was the catalyst for starting the "If I Could Change the World" Foundation?
I do random acts of kindness all the time. I'll find random people who are going through hard times and help. I'll find people I don't even know and do something like pay their rent for a year. I'd find a dude who needed a wheelchair and get him one. Somebody's grandfather couldn't walk around so I bought a wheelchair for him. I don't brag about stuff like that though. Don't only send money when a straight disaster happens. If people are in need, I'll help. In actuality, I want to help people help other people. They send me emails, letters, and videos with ways they would change the world if they had the money to and I give them the money to. We want to have one main thing we do and throughout the year pick small things on the side and fund them.
What inspired the idea of voting on an initiative?
People requested that. Instead of only doing a bunch of small things for the year, we wanted to have one primary initiative. Everybody was saying that's a better way to do it, and I couldn't help but agree with that.
What's your favorite aspect of the foundation?
I'm not trying to go on TV with this thing. I'll do a couple of interviews about it to get people involved and pick up awareness, but it's not trying to get publicity by saying, 'Oh, I'm helping kids' [Laughs]. My favorite part is that it's a quiet thing.
You're not going to have a telethon…
How did "Come to the Crib 2" come together?
It's going to be the first event benefiting "If I Could Change the World". The last one was amazing because a lot of it was unorganized. We just got everything together this time. I'm also doing a contest where any artist from Tallahassee can win and perform on the show too. They can get their career started. We really know what we're doing this time around.
Can fans anticipate some big collaborations on stage?
Of course! The bill is pretty much everybody that I've collaborated with [Laughs].
Are you changing the stage show for the show?
Being that it's "Come to the Crib 2", the whole stage is going to look like a big living room. There are going to be couches, Xbox, and random stuff that would be in anybody's living room. When somebody comes and performs, they don't have to leave the stage. They can go play Playstation or go in the kitchen area and get a drink. You can chill on stage [Laughs]. I'm inviting you to my home in hometown.
Did you approach rEVOLVEr with one vision?
Oh yeah, I really wanted to show people my musical side. I wanted to get the way I really hear music out there. Everybody sees me as the hook man. It's like, 'Oh, he can't be musical. All he does is yell on DJ Khaled songs!' I was trying to prove a point with the album.
What's the story behind "Drowning Again"?
I was looking for a song. I wanted it to be like Coldplay's "Lost". That was the closest I could get to it. It's the first song I've ever recorded where I played the piano and sang at the same time. It's very special to me. It's dope.
What rock band would you dream to collaborate with?
I'd say Coldplay. You know what? I want to do a song with Dethklok real bad [Laughs]. Metallica would be dope. That'd be awesome.
If rEVOLVEr were a movie, what would it be?
Pulp Fiction, because it confuses the hell out of everybody [Laughs]. They're like, "Where are the screaming and yelling DJ Khaled songs? Wait a minute is this the beginning?
What song would you want to be remembered by?
What's your favorite amusement park?
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in Orlando are my favorites. The Simpsons ride is my favorite of all time. It's super amazing. I've never seen a simulator like that. It's just incredible.
Until they do the T-Pain ride…
Well, there's that [Laughs].
What's your favorite T-Pain song? What should the foundation's initiative be?