Rapper T-Pain goes steam punk on "rEVOLVEr"

Tue Dec 6, 2011 8:09am EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper T-Pain released his fourth studio album, "rEVOLVEr," on Tuesday, featuring his hit single "5 O'clock" with Lily Allen and Wiz Khalifa.

A big collaborator on other artists' albums, T-Pain brought in numerous musicians with him on "rEVOLVEr," including Pitbull, Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo and Chris Brown.

The rapper, 26, incorporated his trademark auto-tune sound, known as 'The T-Pain" effect, into his latest album, which features a mixture of up-tempo dance tracks such as "It's Not You (It's Me)" featuring Pitbull and "Best Love Song" featuring Chris Brown, as well as slow, romantic songs such as "Sho-Time (Pleasure Thang)."

With the release of "rEVOLVEr" on December 6, exactly 6 years after the release of the Grammy-winning rapper's debut album "Rapper Ternt Sanga," early critical response has been mixed.

Pete Cashmore of British music publication NME, gave the album a five out of ten rating, saying the rapper, at times, "sounds like a bog-standard rap vocalist who's got a Jew's harp stuck in his throat." But Rocia Anica at ArtistsDirect.com rated the album five out of five, highlighting tracks like "5 O'Clock," "Bottlez" and "It's Not You (It's Me)" and praising the rapper for being "exuberant, but never excessive."

T-Pain recently sat down with Reuters to talk about the new album, his family and building the T-Pain brand.

Q: Is there a theme for this album?

A: "Steam punk. It's a movement that's been happening for a long time and it's got a following that's been crazy. A lot of people don't know about it. It's like the modern world meets the 1800s."   Continued...