T-Pain Compares Music Biz To Circus, Talks 'Thr33 Ringz'
Sought after songwriter and hook specialist T-Pain has confirmed a November release date for Thr33 RINGZ, his third full length studio album.
In July, T-Pain launched the project with the Lil Wayne assisted hit single Ã¢â‚¬Å“CanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Believe It,Ã¢â‚¬Â which has peaked at #8 on the BillboardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Top 10.
For the second single, the Houston influenced Ã¢â‚¬Å“Chopped and Skrewed,Ã¢â‚¬Â T-Pain enlists Ludacris to cleverly use the title as a double entendre to reflect on courtship games played by females.
Regarding the affinity females have for his music, T-Pain insists he has no special formula beyond having a keen eye of observation and knowing how to listen.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When I was in school, I would sit and talk to a lot of girls. I would listen to what they would talk about, and what they want,Ã¢â‚¬Â T-Pain explained. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I would try to understand the passions of women. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s where my concepts come from. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s how you know if people can relate to your songs.Ã¢â‚¬Â
While the vocalist admits the spelling of Thr33 RINGZ holds no special meaning, he does reveal the phrase is an ode to his personal belief that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leading the trends in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s urban music market.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It came from people telling me that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m running the game, that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m the ringleader of the game,Ã¢â‚¬Â he continued. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s where the whole circus imagery came from. I started putting it together with the idea that the circus is just like the music industry. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got your different acts, all of the different animals, etc.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Although part of T-PainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s market dominance has been through the reintroduction of the vocoder voice effect, the singer cautions fans and critics from thinking this album will be formulaic and predictable.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“YoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to be different and keep it consistent at the same time, which is super hard to do,Ã¢â‚¬Â he reasoned. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I come different every time and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what people look for, what they expect.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Thr33 RINGZ boasts additional appearances from Kanye West, Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, and Bow Wow.
The album is rumored to precede an ambitious project entitled T-Pain Is Dead, a rock music effort devoid of autotune effects and featuring the singer collaborating with country artists. T-PainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s
Thr33 RINGZ hits stores November 11.