Favorites Friday – T-Pain ft. Chris Brown, “Best Love Song”

t-painI am going to level with you guys: I get very excited to write about my favorite songs; Like, a bit too excited. I spend hours deciding which one of my classics to hand pick for readers. I felt like Best Love Song deserves a write-up most for two reasons: 1. It just barely missed my Top 50 this year. And 2. It is amazing.

T-Pain’s music is an acquired taste, I have always said that. I never liked cheesecake as a kid, but now I will shove it down my cheesecake-hole (I renamed it as “pie-hole” hardly fits someone who does not care for pie). T-Pain’s sound never did it for me until this last year, and now I find his music incredibly artistic and a fun example of upbeat Hip-Hop.

I have plenty of T-Pain music to write about in the near future, but Best Love Song is close to my favorite by the Pain of Tallahassee because it is loud and fun while not being overbearing and features a balance of T-Pain’s autotune and Chris Brown’s, well, less autotune. 5 O’Clock might beat it out, only because of its influence over my taste in music while I enjoy Best Love Song for what it offers as a song. That includes lyrics and its bass-hugging beat following the vocals. And then Can’t Believe It comes as a very close third.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

9/10

I have heard catchier tracks by T-Pain (and especially Chris Brown) but something about this song makes it so fun. Vocals are a bit overdone for Chris Brown, and the lyricism is certainly not the best, but all I can say is that I would love to hear this song on a non-autotune session by TP.

Go ahead and check out the song below and look forward to more coming T-Pain music soon:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Ne-Yo ft. Juicy J and T-Pain, She Knows (Remix)

t-painIt’s the T-mix of She Knows that the Hip-Hop fan in you never knew you needed. I have heard quite a few versions of the original She Knows, and while the original hit-maker track was my favorite to this point, this particular remix might top that. T-Pain jumps on the hit and does his part to make it even better.

It is no secret that I enjoy T-Pain’s controversial sound. I also enjoy T-Pain’s voice without autotune. His recent singles such as Stoicville have been impressive without editing or mixing on his voice. However, this song brings the classic T-Pain that Hip-Hop fans have not heard in the last couple of years. I am a fan of both rapper T-Pain and crooner love-singing T-Pain, but this song is impressive to both camps.

The new verse mixes singing and rapping, but the mashup into the track fits well. Especially when the beat intensifies before the hook, the verse climaxes. The song only improves with this verse, and I would easily replace it with Juicy J. Juicy J is, after all, the new Ludacris (finding a spot on every popular song ever).

Overall, I would rate the remix at 9.5/10. The verse starts a bit rough but collects itself, and Ne-Yo’s part of the song is excellent as it was before. You can hear the remix below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Lil Wayne ft. T-Pain, How To Hate

My choice break-up song for anyone who feels wronged and spiteful would be Lil Wayne’s underrated How To Hate. I will admit that the only time I could really enjoy Lil Wayne’s music were when he released Tha Carter IV, which features some of my favorite songs. I actually believe this song was in my Top 50 this year, and has appeared there in past years.

I said recently that I enjoyed most T-Pain songs because for reasons besides him, yet there was something about the autotune that I did not notice when I was hurt and angry and felt every lyric in this song related to my situation. Of course I was 14 years old, and we all know no matter what happened I could have not been owed a wedding ring.

There may be some bias due to the passion I associate with this song, but it provides a calming angry song without going off the wall with loudness. It was a perfect speed to just sit and consider the situation. Lil Wayne’s rapping is truly not all over the place and seems to stay on point. After 5 O’Clock I became more open to T-Pain’s sound, and this was the first song I went to after hearing it but not really liking T-Pain’s singing. It has always consistently been an enjoyable listen that I finish everytime.

So overall, I would rate the song at 9.75/10. Obviously Lil Wayne’s rapping can take away from the song, but it achieves what it was looking to: An opposite of How To Love and an angry love song. I really enjoy this song and seriously recommend a listen, regardless of your opinion on either artists, below:

-Austin Heath

Favorites Friday – T-Pain ft. Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen, 5 O’Clock

5 O’Clock was in my Top 50 all-time favorites for a couple of years, but in this recent list was bumped on out. While the song has not had the appeal that it used to, I still consider it a song that helped mold my music tastes and my liking for T-Pain’s music.

I had listened to T-Pain music before, but I usually liked it for the artist on the track with him. 5 O’Clock was the first song that I actually enjoyed the T-Pain verses rather than the hook or rap verse. This opened me up to other songs that barely slipped the Top 50 this year like Best Love Song and Turn All The Lights On.

The song itself has never been the best T-Pain song, but it has some nostalgia to it that bumps it up on the rating chart. Overall, I would personally rate it at 8/10. I always liked the Khalifa verse and T-Pain’s verses were always fun to listen to. I remember listening to this song most while on a college tour in New England when the song was most popular. The song has the potential to bump back up into next year’s Top 50, along with a couple of other songs that barely slipped by (such as OneRepublic’s Secrets, which came in at #51, an impossibly hard choice).

So go ahead and jump on my nostalgia train below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – DJ Khaled, Welcome to My Hood (Remix)

I listed the artists featured in the song below, as there are a lot. This legendary collaboration comes from DJ Khaled’s 2011 album, We The Best Forever. The first 10 ranked verses are pretty insane, and this 7-minute rap-fest is impressive all-together.

In the end, it was hard to rank some of these. Even at #6 I think Ludacris is one of the best verses on the track, but the others above him are still even better. T-Pain kind of ditches the hook after the first couple of verses, but it hardly changes the pace of the song.

Overall, I would rate the song at around 9.5/10. One of the best rap songs out there and highly underrated, Welcome to My Hood has a couple of disappointing verses but features some great talent from several notable rappers. Here are my rankings on the features in the song, which you can listen to below the list:

1. Ace Hood

2. T-Pain

3. Twista

4. Bun B

5. Busta Rhymes

6. Ludacris

7. Game

8. Jadakiss

9. Wake Flocka

10. Fat Joe

11. Mavado

12. Birdman

13. DJ Khaled

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Ne-Yo ft. Trey Songz and T-Pain, The Way You Move

Yes, I know this one has been heard by plenty, and is also a little old (dating back to the end of 2011). But let me just say that most of those 18,000,000 views are probably because of me. I freaking love this song, almost 3 years later. I have trouble picking my all-time favorite songs, but I can tell you if this isn’t #1 it is in the top 3. It helped open me up into loving Ne-Yo and Trey Songz, and eventually T-Pain as well.

I will admit that the song is a little sexual and not about much else, and I will also admit that it is a little slow. But my God these three make an incredible song together. I don’t know why we haven’t seen this collaboration again since then, but it was amazing. The message is clear in the lyrics but it also shows the attachment that men can get to women who perform for them after seeing them a number of times. I don’t find the song as abrasive and brainless as most sexualized songs, as this one has a bit of meaning to it’s words.

Ne-Yo’s voice sounds calm but troubled, almost as if he has to be an actor through the song. He sings smoothly and provides an excellent hook. Trey Songz sounds the best of all, his voice reaches immense heights and, not surprisingly, his verse sounds very authentic.

Meanwhile, T-Pain sounds a little more autotuned than usual (yes, it is possible). That would be my only complaint for the song. I hear others complain that Usher should have replaced T-Pain here, but I liked the change of pace and sound that he gave the tune.

Again, this is one of my all-time favorites, so my opinion might be a little biased. However, overall I give this song a 9.25/10. T-Pain is a little disappointing, but I promise it is not worth considering the song ruined. I know plenty have heard it, but might as well enjoy it again anyways:

-Austin Heath