Tallahassee native and “Masked Singer” winner T-Pain surprised everyone early Wednesday with the release of his new album “1UP.”
The independently released album is T-Pain’s first since 2017’s “OBLiViON,” and is his sixth studio album.
This 12-track set includes features from Profit Dinero, Boosie Badazz, Tory Lanez, O.T. Genasis, Flipp Dinero, Russ and Lil Wayne.
The album is a fantastic mixture of T-Pain’s amazing vocals and classic auto-tuned sound with his signature rap flow. All of T-Pain’s many talents are shown off in this long-awaited album.
The album begins with the title track “1UP (feat. Profit Dinero),” a track that, like most of this album, is inspired by and takes some bytes from video games. T-Pain said that the album was heavily inspired by video games.
The sixth track on “1UP,” “It’s My Dog Birthday,” is possibly the best birthday song since the classic “Happy Birthday to You.” This is a classic T-Pain song, featuring a smooth Rhythm and Blues chorus, rapped verses and catchy rhythms. It's exactly the type of work fans have come to expect of T-Pain.
The album concludes with “Goat Talk (feat. Lil Wayne).” Two of the greatest of all time come together yet again to deliver a track that perfectly mixes the styles of T-Pain and Lil Wayne, proving that, when these two work together, few can match the genius that unfolds.
“Goat Talk (feat. Lil Wayne)” is possibly the precursor to another, long awaited “T-Wayne” album.
The album, coincidentally or not, dropped on the same date as T-Pain’s “Masked Singer” win, which gave fans everywhere a chance to hear T-Pain without the auto-tuned voice he is so well known for, showing off his beautiful and extensive vocal abilities.
T-Pain, disguised as The Monster, was able to beat out the likes of Donny Osman and Gladys Knight to win the show.
The cover art of the album also features a monster on it; probably a sly gesture to the character he played on “Masked Singer.”
This album comes after the releases of T-Pain’s “Everything Must Go Vol. 1 & 2,” a collection of unreleased music from T-Pain’s “vault,” showing yet again how hard working the singer/song writer is.
With his “Masked Singer” victory, one of his best, more recent album releases in “1UP,” and the prospect of another “T-Wayne” album coming out later this year, this year is set up perfectly to be the year of T-Pain.