Ten years after “I’m ‘N Luv (Wit A Stripper),” T-Pain is having a new moment. At the end of last year, he recorded an Auto-Tune-free Tiny Desk Concert for NPR, unnecessarily proving to the world yet again that (gasp!) he’s really talented and can really sing! It went viral, and T-Pain is now capitalizing on that victory in the people noticing and taking him seriously department to do more awesome shit. It’s fun to watch! As Tom pointed out, his new mixtape The Iron Way rules, and “Stoicville,” the serious, heart-on-sleeve title track from his upcoming fifth album, is again Auto-Tune-less and really good. But don’t worry, you can’t keep T-Pain away from Auto-Tune and ridiculous fun for long: “Make That Shit Work,” the first official single from Stoicville: The Phoenix (note the symbol of rebirth there), is a straight-up strip club anthem that opens with a glorious digitally processed wail. Memphis party-rap monster Juicy J — in the midst of his own late-career renaissance — pops up on the hook and a verse, and the great DJ Mustard contributes a brassily propulsive beat. Hear it below.
Stoicville: The Phoenix is out early this fall via Nappy Boy Entertainment/Konvict Muzik/RCA Records.