Pleasure is all T-pain’s
S rapper T-pain, 26, (right) and fellow US star Ludacris have been added to the bill for the urban music event Supafest, at the RNA Showgrounds, in Brisbane next month. Born Faheem Rasheed Najm, T-pain’s second album Epiphany, shot to the top of the US album charts in 2007. The Florida native chats about his fourth album, REVOLVER, and working with fellow Supafest star Chris Brown. You had lots of songs to choose from for the album. How many? I recorded 86 songs for this album, from start to finish. How did you find time to record 86 songs? You have to keep the concentration going and not let anyone or anything distract you. And not help anyone else – be selfish. What’s happening with the 69 songs that didn’t make the cut? They will be recorded by other artists, hopefully, or might make it on to albums in the future or will be released somehow.
There’s not much of a theme on the album. That wasn’t what I wanted. I was more just looking for songs that thrilled me and were exciting. How did the collaborations come about? Chris Brown is on the album, among others. I was rehearsing, and he was too, and we bumped into each other in the corridor. He said he’d come in and do something, so I said, ‘That’d be great’. I’m not going to argue with that. Wiz Khalifa is on there, too, and we’ve been friends for some time. I’ve followed him for some time, since he was underground, and it’s great to see him doing so well now. We’ve got Pitbull on there, Ne-yo, R Kelly – lots of people. Collaborations are so popular now. What’s so special about them? I think people are just bored with one artist. When you get two people together to make a hit, everyone is excited, because they want to hear what it’s like – two of their favourite people on the same record.
T-pain, Ludacris, Chris Brown, Missy Elliot, Big Sean, Naughty By Nature, P. Diddy, Ice Cube, Kelly Rowland, Rick Ross, Trey Songz, Lupe Fiasco and more play Supafest, at the RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane, on April 14.
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