T-Pain has been doing some spring cleaning on his hard drives recently. Last year, he shared the long-shelved T-Wayne collaboration with Lil Wayne on SoundCloud. However, his archives go a little deeper than that, with the auto-tune pioneer unearthing a whole project worth of solo material with Everything Must Go (Vol. 1), a project which by title alone hints that this is just the beginning of the data dump.
Like T-Wayne, there’s some material here that the biggest of T-Pain fans will already be familiar with, but there’s also some entirely new material. “Miami,” a concise collaboration with fellow Floridian Ace Hood is one of a few tracks where it’s hard to pinpoint the date of recording, mostly because Pain was both ahead of his time and someone who’s now been operating for well over a decade. One thing’s for sure, it sounds like no one else.
As someone who was borrowed from throughout his career, T-Pain was only recreated through his preferred vocal effects, while his writing style proved harder to imitate; his secret weapon being his technically capable singing voice that gave him a leg-up harmony-wise.