Plea­sure is all T-pain’s

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY CLUBBING -

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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