The hero of Auto-Tune will team up with the Gym Class Heroes on Saturday night in Lincoln.
T-Pain is a rapper known for singing lots of pop hooks through the audio processor, which is typically used to automatically adjust a singer's pitch. But for Pain, it just makes things sound cool.
The Snowstorm Music Tour is a team-up between T-Pain and rap/rock band Gym Class Heroes, who've done some work together in the past.
T-Pain called us from Atlanta just hours after "Run to You," a song by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain and LMFAO, had dropped on the web.
Q. I just heard "Run to You," the track you did with Flo Rida. That's a cool track. How'd you come to work on it?
A. You did? That's crazy. I didn't know they kept me on there.
Flo Rida was looking for something and I put down a hook. Whatever my part is was the hook.
Q. Do you always have people asking you to be on their songs?
A. Yeah, of course. It's always like that. I try to schedule everybody in. Sometimes people don't get in the schedule. But everybody gets me at some point.
When people stop knocking on your door, that's when you should be terrified.
Q. Are you ready for this tour?
A. We just started rehearsals yesterday. It's going well. We haven't broken anything so far, so that's good.
Q. What have you been working on that we'll hear soon?
A. Man, you know, Chris Brown again. I did something with him a couple days ago. I'm about to go in with Cierra. There's too many people: Rick Ross, Ke$ha, Justin Bieber, another Pitbull record — I know that sounds impossible. Nelly. Ashanti.
Man, it's a lot.
Q. Are you going to do any more movie roles? A lot of people liked you in "Lottery Ticket."
A. If they come my way. If I gotta go through auditioning and stuff, I'm not gonna do it. I'm a musician, man. I'm not trying to force my way into the movie industry.
Q. What happened with your new album, "Revolver?" It had a bunch of release dates and kept getting pushed back.
A. It started out as me not knowing what I was doing. Then album sales (weren't good) at the time, and then I stopped caring about album sales. And as soon as I stopped caring, album sales went up again.
I thought, "I could drop it on Dec. 6." That's the day my first album dropped. So, I'm talking about a whole revolution. If that's not a full circle, I don't know what is. I want to be able to say I dropped my first album and my fourth album on Dec. 6. There it is.
Q. Have you been holding onto those songs for a long time?
A. Not really. Anything I have, I either release it or sell it. Really all the music on "Revolver" was made on the Fame Tour. That's really the only time I have to do it. I have a studio on my tour bus. I do so much music and I do so many collaborations, I'm always prepared. I gotta be ready to get up and get it on.
Q. You're on all kinds of different artists' music. Do you like a lot of different stuff?
A. I love it, man. I love diversity, man. I'm not just a hip-hop head. A lot of people that I work with only listen to R&B or only listen to hip-hop. I'm not like that.
My iPod is probably the weirdest iPod of all time. I go from Chris Brown to Imogen Heap then to Adele and the Goo Goo Dolls and back to Nine Inch Nails. Then I get into this weird mood and I start listening to Metallica and to people I've never heard of but I bought the album because I liked the album cover.
Q. How do you end up doing so many collaborations? Do people just come to you?
A. I never try to force my way into collaborations. Whatever comes my way, I'm doing it. It only makes more opportunities in the future.
I gotta tell a lot of people to wait. "Give me a couple days so that I can do whatever I need to do tonight. Give me a second."
But I never tell anybody no.
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