Rolling Stone - p.1033 stars out of 5
-- "The hooks come fast and loose....EPIPHANY should be lighting up both bedrooms and the clubs."
Entertainment Weekly - p.80
"[T]here's no denying the allure of his sinuous melodies." -- Grade: B+
The Wire - p.65
"Pain's epiphany on EPIPHANY is probably that rapping still had his strengths....Pain exercises a lot of latitude..."
Vibe - p.76
"[A] superior effort....Like any modern machine, T-Pain takes what he wants, strips it down, and gives it the voice of computer love."
Photographer: Christian Lantry.
Rapper-turned-singer T-Pain occupies a genre all his own: "Hard & B" is how he describes it. On his sophomore album, EPIPHANY, the Tallahassee native follows the same formula that made his debut such a success--namely, shockingly hardcore lyrics normally reserved for the rap arena, cloaked in sweat and sensitive melodies. With a penchant for computerized vocal effects (much like his contemporary and label-boss Akon), T-Pain ups the ante on radio-friendly raunch with sexy club anthems like "Backseat Action," "69," and "Yo Stomach." EPIPHANY features guest appearances from Yung Joc, Akon, Cham, and J Lyric, among others, further solidifying his credibility within the world of hardcore hip-hop.