T-Pain has been busy.
“I don't think there's anything wrong with short albums,” T-Pain told Budden. “I'm planning on doing a bunch of them... I plan on doing something with some producers, like, Metro [Boomin] and Zaytoven and Cardo, and shit like that. I go into the studio with these n****s and we just do, like, six-seven songs in a night, and it's like, 'It sounds fine, let's see what people think about it.’"
T-Pain crooning over today’s most inspired trap production or Zaytoven’s immaculate piano arrangements? It sounds fantastic on paper, but even more interesting is the new approach legacy artists are taking with short album releases. Either because streaming has made music so accessible and disposable, or because releases lose their gravity over time, it seems like the short album is becoming a marketable sketch pad.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with experimentation in music, but execution is key. If T-Pain is on a creative high, fans would likely love a window into his process with their favorite producers, but if he’s simply throwing music out to gauge a reaction, or just because he's recording seven songs in a night, there’s a good chance it’ll be a pack of lackluster throwaways. Artists are their worst critics, but if "It sounds fine" is the bar for releases, maybe it's time to go back to the drawing board.
Whatever the final product, it’ll be exciting to see the sum of Pain’s theory-crafting with some of the biggest producers in hip-hop.