NEW YORK (AP):
There may be a plethora of adjectives to describe music superstar T-Pain, but boredom is never included. So when the idea of writing a book was presented to him, he knew what he wouldn’t write: an autobiography.
“I want to bring joy to others. I don’t want to kill the mood. I want people to feel good when they read what I do, ”said the Bartender singer. “So, I wondered why not do something that people can actually get something from? “
The Buy yourself a drink the singer goes from consumer to instructor with his new book, Can I make you a drink? co-authored with professional cocktail expert and beverage manager Maxwell Britten, the book, which features gorgeous photos of cocktails on sleek black pages, is filled with 50 alcoholic drink recipes inspired by music and career journeys of bread. He also offers brief personal anecdotes before each recipe, many of which are named after some of his greatest hits.
“When I go to these different places, all these different things that I probably didn’t think I liked, I ended up loving when it was done right in the area and culture that I was drawing from,” explained the Blame harmonizing. “It helped make this book quite broad. “
In an interview with The Associated Press, T-Pain spoke about the making of the book, his passion for music, and whether he’s finally ready to take his place in history as a music pioneer. Answers have been edited for clarity and brevity.
How well have you worked with “Can I Mix You a Drink? “
I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just a screwdriver book, so I was really very involved. I made my weird requests… the I’m So Hood drink; I asked that [it] be served in a paper bag. By 5am I made sure I had ice cream inside, like it was a beer float, basically. I had a song called Red cup – one of the recipes is called Red Cup. It was meant to be served in a red mug – these are the exact servings, and you actually pour in lines on a red mug.
What is your favourite drink?
It was the I’m Sprung because I was drinking wine at the time. But now it’s I’m So Hood, just because of the ridiculousness of being served in a brown paper bag… Seeing that paper bag brings light to my day (laughs).
Can you tell us about your new music? “I Like Dat” has already reached 22 million views on YouTube, and you just released “I’m Cool With That”.
It’s fun not having to hunt anything. In fact, I’m having fun making music again, and it’s not a job. It’s actually still my passion. It’s not something I have to do to survive. It’s just something I do with my hobby in my spare time, and if it’s coming out of drugs then why not let the world hear it?
You are independent, so were you surprised by the success of “I Like Dat”?
Absoutely. Like I said, I’m not chasing first place. I’m not chasing money, so, you know, seeing the show and seeing the acceptance it gets, yeah, that’s amazing…. The fact that people are still vibrating with T-Pain in 2021 – yes, I love it. It is a dream come true. People would kill and die to last that long in the game.
Eventually you will have an album called ‘Precious Stones’. What can we expect?
The reason it’s called ‘Precious Stones’ is because I feel like the world has been inundated with the same white diamonds – like white diamonds, which means a metaphor like the same kind of music everywhere. Everyone makes the same music; everyone’s doing the same video… I look at jewelry like that, and I’m like, “Why are diamonds so expensive if there are so many? Everything contained diamonds, everything – but what you can’t find much is these gems.
You’ve received a lot of criticism in the past for popularizing auto-tuning, but have you started to realize how much you really are appreciated by your fans and music lovers?
I see it sometimes, man. And that breaks the negativity a lot… As an artist and as a public figure, we always see the negative first. It’s just what happens first. When we sit back and relax and stop trying to impress everyone, we see appreciation. And that’s where I am in my life. In fact, I relax, I relax, I sit and enjoy it.