- Released: November 11, 2008
- Label: Jive
Rolling Stone - p.903.5 stars out of 5
-- "THR33 RINGZ shows what sets T-Pain apart. He's an inventive producer, enveloping radio-friendly hooks in Auto-Tune wackiness."
Entertainment Weekly - p.72
"T-Pain winds up with 'Keep Going,' a plodding ballad that proves he can record without any noticeable electronic crutches."
Blender (Magazine) - p.824 stars out of 5
-- "[H]e has kept his sound fresh with a bottomless bag of hooks and a grainy rasp that the computers can't buff away."
- 1.Welcome To The Thr33 Rings Intro
- 2.Ringleader Man
- 3.Chopped N Skrewed
- 5.Blowing Up
- 6.Can't Believe It
- 7.It Ain't Me - (featuring T.I.)
- 9.Long Lap Dance
- 10.Reality Show - (featuring Jay Lyriq / Musiq (Soulchild)/Raheem DeVaughn)
- 11.Keep Going
- 12.Superstar Lady - (featuring Young Cash)
In the year since his number-one second album, EPIPHANY, the celebrated "Rappa Ternt Sanga" has all but solidified his spot as the most prolific guest hook-provider in the hip-hop/R&B world, outpacing both Lil Wayne and label boss Akon. On his bombastic third solo release, THR33 RINGZ, the Florida native does on his own what he does best on others' records, as he lets his unique vocal stylings run wild alongside an impressive guestlist of heavyhitters.
Utilizing the vocoder talk-box on virtually every track, T-Pain fluctuates between boastful posturing ("Ringleader Man"), tongue-in-cheek commentary on the trappings of the nightlife (the humorous "Chopped N Skrewed" and "It Ain't Me"), and seductive sweet nothings. On "Can't Believe It," he entices a prospective love-interest with claims that he "could put you in a log cabin somewhere in Aspen" or "in a mansion somewhere in Wis-canson." Kanye West, T.I., Chris Brown, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, and Ludacris are just a few of the big names on hand.