T-Pain Talks To AMP Radio About rEVOLVEr, The Inspiration Behind “5 O’Clock,” & Whether He Uses His Own App

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When a new album releases for an artist, it’s always a magical, exciting day. Nappy Boy and “5 O’ Clock” superstar, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]T-Pain[/lastfm], dropped by AMP Radio to share some of that magic with us–on the same day his new album rEVOLVEr dropped!

Looking seasonally sharp in a bright red hoodie and a dope red-lettered Dodgers cap, T-Pain was relaxed and friendly, making the rounds to talk to AMP Radio’s Michelle before video chatting with his fans on TinyChat and talking to McCabe about how long it took to make the album, the process of creating his “sm-Ashton Kutcher” smash-hit “5 O’Clock,” and whether or not he uses his own iPhone app.


One reason T-Pain’s recently-dropped album, rEVOLVEr, is so highly-anticipated is that Pain hasn’t put out a new album in three years since Thr33 Ringz. In fact, the time that it took to create rEVOLVEr is what he is most proud of. [pullquote quote=”I think I really put the perfection into it and really concentrated on mastering my craft.” credit=”T-Pain on rEVOLVEr”]

“I think I’m proud that I took that much time to make an album, you know, it takes me like four or five months for me to make an album.”

“So, for this one to take two and a half/ three years, I think I really put the perfection into it and really concentrated on mastering my craft.”

The well-crafted album features collaborations with artists such as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lil Wayne[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pitbull[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wiz Khalifa[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lily Allen[/lastfm]. T-Pain continued, “The great [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]R. Kelly[/lastfm]. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ne-Yo[/lastfm]. That’s what’s going down man. It’s a big list. “

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[pullquote quote=”I called an Apple store to get a new iPhone and the second they put me on hold, the first song they put on was “Who’d Have Known” by Lily Allen.” credit=”T-Pain on making ‘5 O’Clock'”]While Weezy and Wiz seem common sense as collaborators, the addition of witty, playful British pop-chanteuse Lily Allen on his track “5 O’Clock” (with a sample from her song “Who’d Have Known”) was a creative, musically-courageous move on T-Pain’s part that ended up in what Pain calls a “smash-ola; sm-Ashton Kutcher” smash-hit.

Indeed, the story behind the “making of” is as interesting as the song itself.

“Interesting story,” started T-Pain. “I called an Apple store to get a new iPhone and the second they put me on hold, the first song they put on was “Who’d Have Known” by Lily Allen. “

“So, I didn’t know it was Lily Allen; I’m a huge Lily Allen fan already anyway.”

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[pullquote quote=”So, I put one iPhone–the one I was on Apple with–I put that iPhone on speakerphone, took another iPhone and put that on Shazaam, then I put both of the phones together and that’s how I found out that was Lily Allen. ” credit=”T-Pain on making ‘5 O’Clock'”]T-Pain continued: “So, I put one iPhone–the one I was on Apple with–I put that iPhone on speakerphone, took another iPhone and put that on Shazaam, then I put both of the phones together and that’s how I found out that was Lily Allen.”

“I immediately had to get in contact with her and say, ‘Can I use the beginning part of ‘Who’d Have Known?’ and she was like, ‘Of course.’ She’s a sweetheart, man.”

McCabe joked that never was there a greater endorsement for Apple than the fact T-Pain was inspired to create his current hit song utilizing tools on their phone. It’s quite àpropos considering T-Pain himself has an iPhone app that people can download to, well, create songs that sound like T-Pain.

Does T-Pain use that app himself?

Laughing, the hip-hop star replied,“I use it to just make a fool of myself.”

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