Epiphany (T-Pain album)

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Epiphany
Studio album by T-Pain
Released June 5, 2007
(See release history)
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 56:09
Label Nappy Boy, Konvict, Jive
Producer T-Pain and 4Motel
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

Epiphany is the second studio album by American R&B singer-songwriter and producer T-Pain. It was released on June 5, 2007. This was T-Pain's first album to be released on his label, Nappy Boy Entertainment.

Epiphany debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 171,126 copies in the first week, and has sold 819,000 in the United States.[1][2] only slightly surpassing Rihanna's third album, Good Girl Gone Bad.

Music and lyrics[edit]

The opening track is the intro, "Tallahassee Love" featuring J Lyriq, contains a slightly sample of 2Pac's hit song "California Love". The album's fifth track "I Got It", and its sixth—following track "Suicide" deal with the subject of HIV/AIDS and seem to be interconnected.

Singles[edit]

The album's first single, "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" featuring Yung Joc was released on February 20, 2007. It has peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Top 100, becoming his highest charting hit as a solo artist.

The album's second single, "Bartender" featuring Akon was released on June 5, 2007. This single peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Top 100, and peaking number 1 in New Zealand. The song was also nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
HipHopDX 3/5 stars[4]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[5]
Prefix (2.0/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[8]

Epiphany received generally mixed 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 his 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."[5] 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."[8] 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."[4] David Jeffries of AllMusic questioned the album being 'mature', finding that side not mixing together with the party side of T-Pain's music.[3] 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."[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Tallahassee Love (Intro)" (featuring J Lyriq) 2:04
2. "Church"   4:01
3. "Tipsy"   3:09
4. "Show U How"   3:14
5. "I Got It"   1:54
6. "Suicide"   2:58
7. "Bartender" (featuring Akon) 3:58
8. "Backseat Action" (featuring Shawnna) 3:39
9. "Put It Down" (featuring Ray Lavender) 3:40
10. "Time Machine"   2:52
11. "Yo Stomach" (featuring Tay Dizm) 4:18
12. "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" (featuring Yung Joc) 3:47
13. "69" (featuring J Lyriq) 3:25
14. "Reggae Night"   1:37
15. "Shottas" (featuring Kardinal Offishall & Cham) 3:14
16. "Right Hand"   3:13
17. "Sounds Bad"   5:06
Total length:
56:09

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[9] 96
Japanese Albums Chart[10] 72
US Billboard 200[11] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Denmark[13] June 1, 2007 Digital download, CD Jive Records
United Kingdom[14]
Canada[15] June 2, 2007
Japan[16]
Australia[17] June 4, 2007
United States[18] June 5, 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ Katie Hasty, "T-Pain Soars To No. 1 Ahead Of Rihanna, McCartney", Billboard.com, June 13, 2007.
  2. ^ "New T-Pain Album Due In Late September". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  3. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Epiphany - T-Pain". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Udoh, Meka (July 9, 2007). "T-Pain - Epiphany". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Boeckel, Gentry (September 17, 2007). "T-Pain: Epiphany". PopMatters. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Mayers, Norman (July 19, 2007). "Album Review: T-Pain - Epiphany". Prefix. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived July 26, 2008)
  8. ^ a b Hanson, John (November 10, 2007). "T-Pain - Epiphany (album review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ "ARIA Report 979". Pandora.nla.gov.au. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ "T-Pain Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for T-Pain. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  12. ^ "T-Pain Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for T-Pain. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - Epiphany by T-Pain". iTunes (DK). Apple. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - Epiphany by T-Pain". iTunes (GB). Apple. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - Epiphany by T-Pain". iTunes (CA). Apple. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - ミュージック - T-Pain「Epiphany」". iTunes (JP). Apple. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Epiphany by T-Pain". iTunes (AU). Apple. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  18. ^ "iTunes - Music - Epiphany by T-Pain". iTunes (US). Apple. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

Preceded by
Double Up by R. Kelly
Billboard 200 number-one album
June 17, 2007 – June 23, 2007
Succeeded by
Big Dog Daddy by Toby Keith