T-Pain with a twang? Well, the Florida singer hasn't adjusted his vocoder to country ... yet.
But last week, T-Pain told MTV News at the Grammys that he was interested in recruiting country superstar Toby Keith to collaborate on his next album, 3 Rings, tentatively due September 30, the same day as Pain's birthday. The singer would be following in the footsteps of Nelly, who collaborated with country singer Tim McGraw on "Over and Over," from the St. Louis rapper's Sweat/Suit album.
"He's just different, man," T-Pain said about Keith. "And he sells a lot of records. [He laughs.] And he's rich, so I wanna be friends with him."
So far, Teddy P said he's only about two songs deep into the follow-up to his breakthrough album, Epiphany, which spawned the hits "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')," featuring Yung Joc, and "Bartender," featuring Akon.
Aside from Keith, Pain's Nappy Boy Entertainment artists Tay Dizm, Jay Lyriq and female trio Sophia Fresh are the only ones being considered for collaborations on the upcoming album.
But another eye-opening artist that T-Pain has his sights set on, he said, is rap-rocker Fred Durst. "Get it on," he said, laughing.
According to T-Pain, though, the idea isn't that much of a joke. "Really, to just do a T-Pain/ Limp Bizkit song, that would be awesome for me," he explained. "I actually want to do it. One of these days, I'm gonna bring out an entire rock and roll album. I'm already doing it, so it's gonna be nice."