T-Pain To Release Christian Album?
While this Tallahassee rapper-turned-singer may may be prepping an album you already know about, he plans to drop one later this year that may have you yelling “Hallelujah!” Find out more after the jump.
T-Pain – the Auto-Tune hit-maker responsible for records like “Bartender,” “I’m In Luv Wit A Stripper,” and “Buy You A Drank” – has recently given voice to his plans to release a gospel album.
This may come as a shock to some, as the artist born Faheem Najm’s parents are Muslim and a while back, his father and former manager accused the leaders of Konvict Music – Akon and his brother Bu – of being bad Muslims and manipulating his son in an interview with Ozone magazine.
“They’re supposed to be Muslims but there’s nothing Islamic about what they did to my family,” said Shaheed Najm
You may remember that Pain stirred up controversy by singing his own version of Kirk Franklin‘s “Silver and Gold,” controversy which he referenced in a later song, “Karaoke.”
“I ain’t no gangsta dude
Ain’t got to pop and bang ya
But you know I’m powerful when I’m pissin’ off the gospel singas.”
It seems that the “Reverse Cowgirl” singer now wants to join those gospel singers.
Here’s the scoop, courtesy of SOHH:
“A lot of people don’t know this about me,” he said, “but I am a deeply spiritual person. Dude, I go to church just as much as I go to the strip club. That’s saying something.” Pain went onto reveal that he will also be abandoning the famed Auto-Tune program that he has become synonymous with over the past five years. “Once that guy from ‘Saturday Night Live’ started using it,” Pain said, referring to his viral hit “I’m On A Boat” with Andy Samberg, “I called on God. I was like, ‘Lord, you have to help me, who is this dude!?’” The album, which is tentatively titled Even Heaven Got A VIP, is due out September 9th on Jive/Nappy Boy. “I know this album might surprise people,” Pain said, “but I am a sensitive guy. I don’t sit just around and watch Scarface and drink Henny all day. In fact, I just got through watching The Notebook. You ever seen that movie? That sh*t is beautiful.” (MySpace Music)
Even Heaven Got A VIP, indeed. First of all, if T-Pain goes to the strip club as much as his music indicates, I don’t know how he finds time to go to church or to the studio. I don’t really know what The Notebook has to do with any of that, but his film choice is his own personal business.
I can’t help but wonder, however, if Tallahassee’s number one representative is looking to follow the footsteps of his mentor (who now frequently makes use of Auto-Tune), R. Kelly. You may remember that Kelly released a gospel/stepping album, dually titled Happy People/U Saved Me.
I wouldn’t hold my breath for one of T-Pain’s gospel records to be sung by your neighborhood church choir, but one never knows. After all, God does work in mysterious ways.
In closing, I guess he wasn’t lying on track two of Epiphany when he said he would take your a** to “Church.”
Would you listen to a T-Pain gospel album? Do you think he can pull it off without Auto-Tune? Let us know in the comments section!
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