You wouldn’t think T-Pain was inhibited at all. But the rapper-singer, known for his synthesized vocals and catchy hooks, says he sometimes feels creatively restrained when it comes to music.
You wouldn’t think T-Pain was inhibited at all. But the rapper-singer, known for his synthesized vocals and catchy hooks, says he sometimes feels creatively restrained when it comes to music.He says he was able to express his true self in “Freaknik: The Musical,” a one-hour animated special based on an annual, raucous and now-defunct Atlanta street party. It premieres March 7 on the Adult Swim.“You can’t do what you want to do, you can’t be as silly as you want to be (and) people won’t take you seriously in music,” T-Pain said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles Wednesday.“It was a gift ... I always wanted to do a cartoon and I didn’t know it would be this good,” the 25-year-old said, who executive produced the special.Freaknik was a college street party in Atlanta held each year from 1983 to 1999, and was full of images of sex, drinking and violence. It was held on the city’s downtown streets, initially for local black college students but developed into a spring-break destination that attracted more than 200,000 partygoers from across the country. Eventually, massive traffic jams led city officials to shut things down.“It was just something I never got to go to,” T-Pain said. “I had to wait till I was 18 to go and by the time I got 18 it was shut down.”The cartoon, rated TV-MA, follows students who are looking to resurrect the now-defunct street party, and T-Pain is the “party ghost.” It also features Andy Samberg, Lil’ Wayne, Bill Hader, Kelis, Snoop Dogg and George Clinton, among others.Lil Wayne voices the character Trap Jesus, who T-Pain describes as having “a Jesus-type aura to him.” Samberg portrays a “frat boy” while Kelis plays the role of Tyra Banks, whose television show T-Pain’s character appears on.“Some people are going to hate it, some people are going to think it’s funny,” T-Pain said, who’s worked on the project for two years.The television show isn’t the only thing T-Pain is getting ready for. This Sunday, he’s up for four Grammy Awards, including best contemporary R&B album for his CD “Thr33 Ringz.”