[NEWS] T-Pain: “I Changed Music Completely” @XXL by Tony Neal


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T-Pain is working on a comeback plan. In April, Pain—real name Faheem Rasheed Najm—started by cutting off his signature dreads and revealing the title of his fifth studio album, Stoicville: The Phoenix. The album title signifies his “happy place,” or his moment of Zen where he can go and nobody will judge him. Given the talks of the Tallahassee native being on a hiatus, he’s using his free time to perfect his craft and explore his roots again. The fans won’t have to wait much longer for his rebirth.

“I went off for a little while trying to reinvent myself and try[ing] to do different music and stuff. Everybody was saying that you need to switch it up,” Pain tells XXL on the phone while on the way to the studio in Atlanta. “That was the Revolver album, and it didn’t do as good as I wanted it to. People like familiarity. People like to know what is happening. It was only right that I go back to what made me the T-Pain I am today.”

Pain’s referring to “Up Down (Do This All Day)” featuring B.o.B and produced by the purveyor of ratchet, DJ Mustard, which he released in August. The twerk-ready anthem—the first official single from Stoicville—is a return to form; with his trademark Auto-Tune vocals and lyrics about the strip club, T-Pain isn’t afraid to venture back into his comfort zone.

Right now, T-Pain is focused on putting the pieces together for the album, slated for 2014. “This is really going to be what’s on my mind and what’s me,” he says. “I’m doing this album like [how] Quentin Tarantino makes movies. Everybody always asks Quentin Tarantino, ‘Who you make movies for?’ He don’t make movies for anybody. I make movies for myself and hope to God that there’s somebody out there like me.”

T-Pain isn’t your typical rapper-turned-singer. Throughout the mid-2000s, he gained massive success for guest appearances on hits like Kanye West’s “Good Life,” Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It” and Flo Rida’s “Low.” His solo songs, too, were instant party-starters and catapulted him to the top of the hip-hop food chain. These days, Pain has to fight to reignite his hot streak, mainly because a certain Auto-Tuned crooner/rapper has dominated his lane. Rumors have circulated about his alleged feud with Future, but Pain’s more concerned about how rappers have used the technology he studied and popularized for the mainstream than any hip-hop beef.

“I changed music completely, so it is good to see that, but it’s terrible to see how horrible everybody sounds with it,” Pain admits. “I studied my craft, and I make sure I know how it works. I know where it comes from. I knew how Auto-Tune got invented. I studied the technology of it. Everything. Then I used it. But everybody else is slapping it on their voice and saying they got a smash.”

His frustrations with Auto-Tune are just a small part of the larger picture. Next in Pain’s rise to prominence is a methodical approach to making music, while being mindful of what is truly missing in the game now. Pain hopes to bring more diversity and feel-good records with Stoicville. “I want to get back [to] when people were actually moving in the club. You go overseas, they still play every goddamn song from the ’90s,” he says. “We come over here, just shoot a nigga, and kill a nigga. ‘Fuck this. Fuck that. I’m a dope boy.’ Goddamn, dude! Not everybody [is] singing this shit.”

T-Pain’s strong opinions about today’s landscape only fuel the fire for his second coming. He lives in the studio, laying down infectious hooks for anyone who requests them. He is returning to rapping again, confirming that there will be multiple rap songs on the album. And he has decided not to drop a mixtape in order to have a full body of work that’ll leave a lasting impact. Everything is going according to plan—even his new career goals.

“I want to make it like everybody else,” he says. “I don’t think I made it yet. Until I get to Jay’s status, until I get to Diddy’s status, I don’t think I made it yet.”

Until then, T-Pain is out here grindin’.

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Pebbles (@pebbles2day) Suing Left-EYE ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


by Breezy Says

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If you’re like me, you watched the TLC and was outraged by some of the accounted business situations that occurred… Now, I wasn’t there and neither were you, so we can only go by what we saw and heard. Word is though, that Ms. Pebbles is still going after her coins owed by Left-Eye, YESSSSSSSSSSS you heard right. Pebbles was quoted “Just cuz she not here doesn’t mean she ain’t gotta pay what she owe; everybody pays what they owe. Ask TLC. I honestly thought of her as a little sister… a little sister that owes me money from 1992.” She doesn’t want to hear any ifs, ands, or buts…she’s not dropping the suit, she wants to be paid in full by the estate. Her final statement was: “TLC just did that BIG movie… Hell, they can pay! it’s just business”. OOPS! I can’t deal, either way, sounds like a whole lot of BAD BUSINESS went down. TLC was more than likely naive as hell and Pebbles was more than likely all about her ends.

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10-Yr Old Girl Arrested for R@ping a 4-Year Old Boy


A shocking story is emerging from the state of Texas. According to KHOU.com, a ten-year old girl has been arrested for allegedly raping a 4-year old boy. The incident reportedly took place in the apartment complex where they both lived.

In a report that aired on the station, the girl’s mother is suggesting that her child’s behavior was innocent and that she did not intend to inflict harm on the other child. The mother told reporters, “She was just being a child having fun and playing,” the girl’s mother said. “She didn’t know she was doing anything wrong.”

The investigator for the Houston Police Department tells a very different story. After the allegations were made, a juvenile s*x crimes investigator was assigned to the case. Although the incident took place in April, investigators needed to gather as much evidence as possible before an arrest could be made. They gathered enough that the ten-year old was  arrested last week.

The young girl is reported as saying, “Me and my mom were crying and then she took me to the police car,” said the little girl accused of the heinous crime. “I didn’t want to get in [the car].”

The mother goes on to say, “Just to see her looking through those bars screaming for me to get her out was a nightmare.”

Despite the mother’s insistence that her daughter had done no wrong, the girl was taken to a juvenile facility. There, she was fingerprinted, issued a standard jumpsuit and spent 4 days locked up before she had a chance to appear before a judge.

As of now, the specific details of the case have not been disclosed to the public. It is also unclear as to how the four-year old is doing after such a traumatic event.

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Officer Ricky Needs New Shoes…


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Rick Ross Upset Over Losing Reebok Gig

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It looks like Rick Ross hasn’t made peace with losing his Reebok endorsement deal. Days after the rapper tweeted his thanks to the sneaker brand comes word that he’s actually pretty angry about how things turned out.

TMZ reports that Ross releasing a statement on Twitter and via his rep, was all a farce. Instead, some inside the Miami rapper’s circle of trust say he feels “entitled” to forgiveness because he believes that he put in a lot of work to make Reebok relevant in hip hop. Rozay stands to lose anywhere between $3.5 million to $5 million in the botched deal.

Although there are no public statistics supporting the claim that Ross made Reebok hotter in the streets, the company could care less about Ross’ gripes. “We are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.”

Harsh words considering the fact that Ross seemed earnest when responding to the controversy over his alleged rape lyrics on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.”

The rapper acknowledged the “great responsibility” he holds as an artist, calling his rhyme on the track “offensive,” and not a reflection of his “true heart.”

Rihanna does it again: Cancels Dallas concert, asks Texas to wait for her!!!


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Barbados-born recording artist Rihanna is notoriously unapologetic — hence the title of her seventh studio album — and that holds true for another last-minute Texas cancelation on her Diamonds World Tour stop. Rihanna’s now canceled her Tuesday concert in Dallas just hours before the show — just like she did for the Houston show the day before.

Promoters cited an unspecified “illness” as the reason for the postponement of both shows. Ticket holders can stop by the Toyota Center (or the American Airlines Center for that matter) to get a refund if they wish. But if you really want to see Rihanna, you may want to hold onto the ducats. A Live Nation spokesperson tells CultureMap that fans should “retain their tickets to this event pending rescheduled show date information.”

No possible rescheduled dates have been released yet and Rihanna’s upcoming tour schedule is packed. Dallas is the fourth date overall Rihanna has canceled on this tour due to “illness.”