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T-Pain conducted by Hugo Lunny  

T-Pain: Talking Pain

October 2005

Entrepreneurs are being more successful at a younger age as this world seemingly turns faster than it used to. Faheem Najm a.k.a. T-Pain decided early on in his life that music was his passion. He learned how to produce at the age of eight from his father and since then has continued making music.

Akon noticed his talent through hearing an ode to a track of his that T-Pain had made. It became successful and as a result, Akon signed him.

T-Pain is scheduled to release his debut album "Rappa Ternt Sanga" later this year featuring the singles "I'm Sprung" and "In Love With A Stripper."

MVRemix: Why the name T-Pain a.k.a. Talahasse Pain?

T-Pain: It just explains me; it explains where I'm coming from.

MVRemix: It's obvious from "I'm Sprung" that you're influenced by Roger Troutman. Who else influenced your tastes growing up?

T-Pain: Cee-Lo from Goodie Mob. Devin The Dude... Andre 3000.

MVRemix: How did the initial Jive signing arise?

T-Pain: Akon and T.J. Chapman from Talahasse.

MVRemix: And how did you and Akon meet and become friends?

T-Pain: He called me and blah, blah, blah, we talked and you know the usual, that was the hook up.

MVRemix: Tell me about "Rappa Ternt Sanga."

T-Pain: It was my transition from rapping to singing. It was a simple thing, I just stopped caring about what people thought about me and I did what I did. DJ Z-Trip interviews

MVRemix: Can you tell me about guests or producers on the album?

T-Pain: Well I basically produced the whole album. I produced and wrote the whole thing and features - I got Bonecrusher, Styles P, Akon and I'm working on some other people and... [pauses] It should be pretty good.

MVRemix: How did you first begin and learn to produce?

T-Pain: My dad was a producer. I started learning when I was about eight. It just came up from that.

MVRemix: What equipment do you use?

T-Pain: I mean, you know, we got to different studios and they have different stuff.

MVRemix: Is there anything you prefer above other machines?

T-Pain: Just give me an MPC and I'm cool.

MVRemix: Was "In Love With A Stripper" based on a real life experience?

T-Pain: Yes, all my music is based on real experiences so everything on my album is true. [chuckles]

MVRemix: Why did you choose to label your music Hard & B as opposed to R&B?

T-Pain: Hard & B is a more real and not so subtle R&B.

MVRemix: In an interview I did with The O'Jays, they criticized younger R&B singers for their lack of sincerity and emotion attached to their material through their age and a lack of experience. What are your thoughts about those statements?

T-Pain: They suck. [laughs] You know... it... It sucks.

MVRemix: In your opinion, is an artist credible even if they only thrive in the studio with technology?

T-Pain: Yes, they're very credible because even if they can't sing - the person that can't sing may have the best ideas for a song. And just because they can't sing that person may not get a deal or a chance. That really sucks to me.

MVRemix: I've heard a lot about your live show, can you tell me a bit about it?

T-Pain: You know, just the usual. The hood, the ghetto growin' up in the streets.

MVRemix: Is there anything in your live show that you think other artists may not have?

T-Pain: Not really. I mean it's just pretty much... I don't have no spectacular thing or nothin' like that.

MVRemix: A la "Fight Club," "If you could fight any celebrity, who would you fight?"

T-Pain: [ponders] I would fight... Jeez... who would I fight? I don't know. I think I'd fight Flava Flav.

MVRemix: Do you reckon you'd win?

T-Pain: Maybe not, I just wanna see how he fights.

MVRemix: What are your thoughts on the way the US Government has dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina?

T-Pain: They're sucking. They really suck. I don't like that at all. [awkwardly chuckles]

MVRemix: Aside from the album, what else have you been working on? Guest appearances, compilations etc.

T-Pain: I've been writing and producing for other artists, I've been appearing on other people's albums and that kind of stuff and other people's videos and that kind of stuff.

MVRemix: You edited and directed your "Fucked Up" video. Do you have any plans of doing any more visual work?

T-Pain: No myself now that I see how a real professional video looks. I don't think I'm gonna do it myself anymore.

MVRemix: Any last words for your fans or potential fans that are gonna be reading this?

T-Pain: Uh... thanks for the support.

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