Epiphany (T-Pain album)

Epiphany is the second studio album by American R&B singer T-Pain, It was released on June 5, 2007, by his record label Nappy Boy Entertainment, under the distribution of Akon's label Konvict Muzik, Jive Records, and Zomba Label Group. The album marks a first for T-Pain, who launched his own record label Nappy Boy Entertainment. Critics gave the album positive reviews for T-Pain's production and his use of various characters throughout its track listing. Epiphany debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and spawned three singles: "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')", "Bartender" and "Church".

Epiphany
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 5, 2007
Genre
Length56:09
Label
ProducerT-Pain
T-Pain chronology
Rappa Ternt Sanga
(2005)
Epiphany
(2007)
Thr33 Ringz
(2008)
Singles from Epiphany
  1. "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')"
    Released: February 20, 2007
  2. "Bartender"
    Released: June 5, 2007
  3. "Church"
    Released: October 2, 2007

SinglesEdit

The album's lead single, "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" was released on February 20, 2007. The song features guest vocals from a fellow southern hip hop rapper Yung Joc. T-Pain provides the production on this track. The song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it his highest-charting single as a lead artist.

The album's second single, "Bartender" was released on June 5, 2007. The song features guest vocals from musician and his then label-mate Akon, with T-Pain, who also produced this track. The song peaked at number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
HipHopDX     [2]
PopMatters          [3]
Prefix7/10[4]
Rolling Stone     [5]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5[6]

Epiphany received generally positive reviews from music critics, who drew comparisons to fellow R&B singer R. Kelly. Gentry Boeckel of PopMatters credited T-Pain on his production and use of various characters on the songs he wrote. He also said that his career will last more than other past R&B artists like Case, Joe and Tyrese concluding with, "T-Pain does seem posed for more success than those other guys. He may even be worth the verbiage, too."[3] John Hanson of Sputnikmusic also praised the album for its production, complimenting the songs (specifically the singles) saying, "T-Pain is starting to establish himself as a lasting source of entertainment in the vein of R. Kelly."[6] Vibe writer Chris Ryan also agreed with the R. Kelly similarities, praising the different facets of love and changes in genre, concluding that "Like any modern machine, T-Pain takes what he wants, strip it down, and gives it the voice of computer love."[7] Meka Udoh of HipHopDX credited songs like "Time Machine" and "Suicide" for bringing out a semi-serious T-Pain but was put off by his use of multiple characters throughout the album saying, "While Epiphany has its moments, it is also its schizophrenic nature that bogs the album down."[2] AllMusic editor David Jeffries questioned the album being 'mature', finding that side not mixing together with the party side of T-Pain's music.[1] Norman Mayers of Prefix criticized the album for bringing out "the worst stereotypes of black music and culture" in the R&B genre saying, "Epiphany is a profound statement on the poor quality and embarrassing content found in mainstream urban music."[4]

Commercial performanceEdit

Epiphany debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 171,126 copies in its first week.[8] In its second week, the album dropped to number five on the chart, selling an additional 82,000 copies.[9] In its third week, the album dropped to number ten on the chart, selling 56,000 more copies that week.[10] As of September 2008, the album has sold 819,000 copies in the United States.[11]

Track listingEdit

All tracks produced by T-Pain.[12]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Tallahassee Love" (featuring Jay Lyriq)
2:04
2."Church" (featuring Teddy Verseti)Najm4:01
3."Tipsy"Najm3:09
4."Show U How" (featuring Teddy Pain and Teddy Penderazdoun)Najm3:14
5."I Got It"Najm1:54
6."Suicide"Najm2:58
7."Bartender" (featuring Akon)3:58
8."Backseat Action" (featuring Shawnna)3:39
9."Put It Down" (featuring Ray Lavender, Teddy Verseti and Teddy Penderazdoun)Najm3:40
10."Time Machine"2:52
11."Yo Stomach" (featuring Tay Dizm)Najm4:18
12."Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" (featuring Yung Joc)3:47
13."69" (featuring Jay Lyriq)3:25
14."Reggae Night"Najm1:37
15."Shottas" (featuring Kardinal Offishall and Cham)3:14
16."Right Hand"
  • Najm
  • Frank Romano
3:13
17."Sounds Bad"Najm5:06
Total length:56:09
iTunes bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
18."Calm the Fuck Doun"Najm4:03
19."Let the Bass Drop"Najm4:55

Sample credits[12]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[19] Gold 7,500^
United States (RIAA)[20] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
Denmark[21] June 1, 2007 Digital download, CD Jive
United Kingdom[22]
Canada[23] June 2, 2007
Japan[24]
Australia[25] June 4, 2007
United States[26] June 5, 2007

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Epiphany - T-Pain". AllMusic. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Udoh, Meka (July 9, 2007). "T-Pain - Epiphany". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Boeckel, Gentry (September 17, 2007). "T-Pain: Epiphany". PopMatters. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Mayers, Norman (July 19, 2007). "Album Review: T-Pain - Epiphany". Prefix. Prefix Media Inc. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on July 26, 2008. Retrieved 2007-07-20.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ a b Hanson, John (November 10, 2007). "T-Pain - Epiphany (album review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  7. ^ Ryan, Chris (August 2007). "T-Pain 'Epiphany'". Vibe. Vibe Media. 15 (8): 76. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  8. ^ Hasty, Katie (June 13, 2007). "T-Pain Soars To No. 1 Ahead Of Rihanna, McCartney". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  9. ^ Hasty, Katie (June 20, 2007). "Toby Keith's 'Big Dog' Heads Straight To No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  10. ^ Hasty, Katie (June 27, 2007). "Bon Jovi Scores First No. 1 Album Since 1988". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  11. ^ Crosley, Hillary (May 22, 2008). "New T-Pain Album Due In Late September". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  12. ^ a b Epiphany (booklet). Nappy Boy, Konvict, Jive, Zomba. 2007.
  13. ^ "ARIA Report 979" (PDF). Pandora.nla.gov.au. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  14. ^ "T-PAINのCDアルバムランキング、T-PAINのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  15. ^ "T-Pain Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  16. ^ "T-Pain Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  17. ^ "Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 Albums - 2007". Billboard. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  18. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - 2007". Billboard. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  19. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – T-Pain – Epiphany". Recorded Music NZ.
  20. ^ "American album certifications – T-Pain". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  21. ^ "iTunes - Music - Epiphany by T-Pain". iTunes (DK). Apple. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  22. ^ "iTunes - Music - Epiphany by T-Pain". iTunes (GB). Apple. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  23. ^ "iTunes - Music - Epiphany by T-Pain". iTunes (CA). Apple. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  24. ^ "iTunes - ミュージック - T-Pain「Epiphany」". iTunes (JP). Apple. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  25. ^ "iTunes - Music - Epiphany by T-Pain". iTunes (AU). Apple. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  26. ^ "iTunes - Music - Epiphany by T-Pain". iTunes (US). Apple. Retrieved March 7, 2015.

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