T-Pain Talks National Anthem, New Album, & Kanye West

Earlier in the week, T-Pain took the field at Dodger Stadium to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the first time at the Dodgers vs. Giants game. Moments after knocking it out of the park with his Auto-Tune-free rendition, the platinum hitmaker sat down with Rap-Up TV to discuss the performance.

“It’s an honor to have anybody even call me for this, and being known as the Auto-Tune guy, it feels good to have people actually know that there’s something behind that,” said T-Pain.

When he’s not serving as a judge on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” he is gearing up for his fifth album Stoicville: The Phoenix this fall. “It’s a T-Pain album. It’s not a new T-Pain, it’s not an old T-Pain. It’s just me,” he said. “I’m just doing what comes to my heart. I’m not trying to make a blockbuster album. I’m not trying to make a hit record. It’s not about that anymore. I’ve done that many times. It’s just about putting out music that I believe in now. It’s a little more free than before.”

He worked with a “ton of people” including Juicy J, who appears on his current single “Make That Shit Work.” And he has plenty of more singles lined up. “Everytime I record a new song, it’s always the next single,” he laughed.

While he remained mum on the guest list, he is eyeing a collaboration with presidential hopeful Kanye West. “That may happen. We’ve been in talks with management. It’s hard to get him, but I’m sure he’s listening.”