Thr33 Ringz

Thr33 Ringz

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by T-Pain
     
 

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Hated on for his over-the-top appearance, his constant use of the electronic Auto-Tune voice filter, plus guest shots on maybe 30-percent of the R&B or hip-hop singles released during the years 2007/2008, T-Pain is the full package in a sidekick's disguise. Like a garish version of his label boss Akon, he's a…  See more details below

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Hated on for his over-the-top appearance, his constant use of the electronic Auto-Tune voice filter, plus guest shots on maybe 30-percent of the R&B or hip-hop singles released during the years 2007/2008, T-Pain is the full package in a sidekick's disguise. Like a garish version of his label boss Akon, he's a singer/songwriter/producer who doesn't evolve much over this avalanche of releases and guest shots, but Thr33 Ringz proves he's much more aware of his limitations. First, there's the long guest list here, featuring high-power names like Lil Wayne, T.I., Kanye West, and Akon himself. Then, there's the album's concept, which finds a series of perfectly polished and unsurprising numbers held together by a circus theme, allowing T-Pain to exploit his "Ringleader Man" persona; hyping every act and stunt while pacing the parade for maximum impact. Three tracks in and Ludacris appears on the good-timing "Chopped N Skrewed" where the Southern style of remixing is mimicked with Luda's excellent sense of humor. The futuristic highlight "Blowing Up" finds Ciara seducing T-Pain with quirky references to techno and electronica plus a rock-solid hook. Shame that the ringleader's weird way of rhyming "mansion" and "Wisconsin" is the high point of "Can't Believe It" since guest star Lil Wayne seems on autopilot. Wait 'til the break-up song "Therapy" and you'll get two Wayne-style lines to choose from with T-Pain offering "1234/Get the hell up out my door/5678/I don't need your sex I'll masturbate" while guest Kanye West gives up "You too much pressure doll/You gonna raise my cholesterol." There's no big finish and Akon's dream of turning "every bullet to a Hershey's Kiss" so we can "eat away our fears" is just one example of why "Change" is awful, but this is an otherwise entertaining example of the gimmick-filled R&B/hip-hop album done right.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
On Thr33 Ringz, more than ever, that robotic voice is just part of an effort to reconcile cold technology and warm soul. [B] Simon Vozick-Levinson
New York Daily News - Jim Farber
The king of ring tones, and czar of gimmick hits, follows up his last smash with more singles-chart bait.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2008
Label:
Jive
UPC:
0886973163023
catalogNumber:
731630
Rank:
59051

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

T-Pain   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards
Eddie Griffin   Spoken Word
Francesco Romano   Guitar
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Keyboards
David Bal4   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Mary J. Blige   Composer
Joe Gonzalez   Engineer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer
Tommy Sims   Composer
Ed Tuton   Engineer
Joseph Williams   Composer
Francesco Romano   Composer
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Kanye West   Composer
Musiq (Soulchild)   Composer
Vlado Meller   Mastering
Akon   Audio Production
Jeff Gilligan   Art Direction
James Cohen   Composer
Raheem DeVaughn   Composer
David Balfour   Composer
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Composer
Javier Valverde   Engineer
Ciara   Composer
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam   Composer
Robert Marks   Engineer
T-Pain   Arranger,Composer,Audio Production
Bu Thiam   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
Nick Weidenfeld   Art Direction
Jamil "Face" Johnson   Engineer
David Bal4   Composer
Michael Blumstein   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Rocco Valdes   Composer,Audio Production
Joe Peluso   Engineer
Christopher Bridges   Composer
Artavious Smith   Composer
Gordon Scott Kennedy   Composer
Dwayne Carter   Composer
Clifford Harris   Composer

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