Three Ringz

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Three Ringz
T-Pain Three Ringz.jpg
Studio album by T-Pain
Released November 11, 2008[1]
Recorded 2007–08
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 60:35 (Standard)
73:08 (Deluxe)
Label Nappy Boy, Konvict, Jive, Zomba
Producer T-Pain (exec.), Akon (exec.) Rocco Valdes (exec.)
T-Pain chronology
Epiphany
(2007)
Three Ringz
(2008)
The Instrumentals
(2009)
Alternative cover
Import edition cover
Singles from Thr33 Ringz
  1. "Can't Believe It"
    Released: July 29, 2008
  2. "Chopped 'n' Skrewed"
    Released: September 23, 2008
  3. "Freeze"
    Released: October 10, 2008

Three Ringz (stylized as Thr33 Ringz) is the third studio album by American hip hop recording artist and producer T-Pain. It was released on November 11, 2008, by his label Nappy Boy Entertainment (under the distribution of Akon's label Konvict Muzik, Jive Records, and Zomba Label Group). It was supported by three singles: "Can't Believe It" featuring Lil Wayne, "Chopped 'n' Skrewed" featuring Ludacris, and "Freeze" featuring Chris Brown.

The album debuted at number 4 on the US Billboard 200. The album received mixed to favorable reviews from music critics. The album was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards, but lost to Beyoncé's I Am... Sasha Fierce.

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, called "Can't Believe It" was released on July 29, 2008. The track features guest vocals from a fellow American hip hop recording artist Lil Wayne. with the production provided by T-Pain. The song peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The album's second single, called "Chopped 'n' Skrewed" was released on September 23, 2008. The song features guest vocals from American rapper Ludacris, with the production, which once again was provided by T-Pain. The song has been reached at number 27 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The album's third and final single, "Freeze" was released on October 10, 2008. The song features guest vocals from a American recording artist Chris Brown, with the production provided by T-Pain. The song peaked at number 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Promotional singles[edit]

T-Pain released this track, "Ringleader Man" as the album's promotional single.[2]

Other songs[edit]

These vocals by a American R&B singer-songwriter Miguel was later added on this track, "Digital".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Daily News 3/5 stars[4]
Billboard (Favorable review)[5]
Village Voice (Favorable review)[6]
The Guardian 3.5/5 stars[7]
RapReviews 7.5/10 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[10]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[11]
USA Today 3/4 stars[12]

Three Ringz received positive reviews, however, the music critics were questioning T-Pain's continued the usage of auto-tune and his delivery of those club tracks. Jesel Padania of RapReviews said that despite the album's humor lacking and some tracks falling short of previous efforts, he praised T-Pain's genre-hopping production and his chemistry with the guest artists.[8] David Jeffries of AllMusic also found the humor feeling hit or miss but praised the album's production, guest list and T-Pain's persona for giving the tracks energy to grab listeners' attention, calling it "an otherwise entertaining example of the gimmick-filled R&B/hip-hop album done right."[3] Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine gave praise to tracks like "Can't Believe It" and "Freeze" for their production and catchability but questioned if T-Pain can move beyond his Auto-Tune crutch, concluding that "T-Pain’s got the pop credentials. It’s just a pity that this entire album is drenched in what already sounded like last year’s sound a couple years ago."[10]

J. Gabriel Boylan of Spin criticized T-Pain for utilizing the same old tricks and delivery he's used on previous works before, concluding that "With a hot guest list (Ciara, T.I.), this is bound to bump the clubs, but beyond that, it’s clown time."[11] Elysa Gardner of USA Today found the album's songs about women oft-putting and disgusting and that more empathy and tenderness would help this album, concluding that "Ringz doesn’t offer enough wit or insight to mitigate its rancor, or make it terribly interesting."[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

Three Ringz debuted at number 4 on the US Billboard 200, selling 167,700 copies in the first week.[13] The album has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling 700,000 copies in the United States. To date, the album has sold 700,355 in the United States.[14]

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks produced by T-Pain
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Welcome to Thr33 Ringz (Intro)"   Faheem Najm, Frank Romano, Eddie Griffin 2:27
2. "Ringleader Man"   Najm, Johnny Smith 2:54
3. "Chopped 'n' Skrewed" (featuring Ludacris) Najm, Christopher Bridges 4:21
4. "Take a Ride (skit)"   Najm 1:45
5. "Freeze" (featuring Chris Brown) Najm, Christopher Brown 3:36
6. "Blowing Up" (featuring Ciara) Najm, Ciara Harris 3:24
7. "Can't Believe It" (featuring Lil Wayne) Najm, Dwayne Carter, Jr., David Balfour 4:33
8. "It Ain't Me" (featuring Akon & T.I.) Najm, Aliaune Thiam, Clifford Harris, Jr., Romano 3:45
9. "Feed the Lions (skit)"   Najm 1:28
10. "Therapy" (featuring Kanye West) Najm, Kanye West, Romano 3:34
11. "Long Lap Dance"   Najm, Romano, Rocco Valdes 4:36
12. "Reality Show" (featuring Musiq Soulchild, Raheem DeVaughn & Jay Lyriq) Najm, James Cohen, Taalib Johnson, Romano, Raheem DeVaughn 5:27
13. "Keep Going"   Najm, Romano 2:14
14. "Superstar Lady" (featuring Young Cash) Najm, Joseph Williams 3:17
15. "Change" (featuring Akon, Diddy & Mary J. Blige) Najm, Thiam, Mary Jane Blige, Valdes, Gordon-Scott Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Tommy Sims, Sean Combs 5:10
16. "Digital" (featuring Tay Dizm) Najm, Artavious Smith 3:14
17. "Karaoke" (featuring DJ Khaled) Najm, Khaled Khaled 4:48
Total length:
60:35
Notes

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Australia[22] November 7, 2008 Digital download, CD Jive Records
New Zealand[23]
United Kingdom[24]
Canada[25] November 11, 2008
United States[26]
Japan[27] November 26, 2008

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "Rolling Stone Music | Album Reviews". Rollingstone.com. 2013-05-08. Archived from the original on April 30, 2009. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
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  11. ^ a b Boylan, J. Gabriel (November 4, 2008). "T-Pain, 'Thr33 Ringz' (Jive)". SpinMedia. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Gardner, Elysa (November 10, 2008). "This week's reviews: Taylor shows no fear, pop candy from Archie, hollow 'Ringz' to T-Pain's album". USA Today. Gannett Company. Archived from the original on May 1, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
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