Mixtape Review | T-Pain – The Iron Way

This mixtape was released on March 27th last year. It was originally hosted by DJ Drama, but a “No DJ” version was released on April 17, which is what I’ll be listening to. I’ve never listened to a T-Pain project, but I heard a few tracks from this tape that I enjoyed, so I figured I’d give it a shot. I’m pretty sure that it was released to promote his upcoming album, Stoicville: The Phoenix. I might check that out when it releases, but I doubt that’ll be anytime soon. He had a hit last year with Up Down, but he didn’t really capitalize on its success by dropping his album. Hopefully he can build his buzz back up again this year with another single. Wow. I just looked it up. Apparently the album was supposed to come out on December 11th… Needless to say, that never happened. Anyway, I’m gonna go ahead and get this shit started now.

Track 1: Kill These Niggas (Prod. Bam)

HotNewHipHop is fuckin’ up. Look at this bullshit…

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Why the fuck do I have to edit the information just to add the motherfuckin’ track numbers? This shit is all outta order. FUCK. HotNewHipHop, you fuckin’ up. FIX. THIS. SHIT. Damn. Alright, I just fixed it. The track’s starting now. This beat’s pretty dope. T-Pain’s singin’ and he sounds really good. Yeah, I know he uses autotune because I’m not a fucking idiot, but not everyone can sound good with autotune. Future uses it all the time but still sounds God awful. This sounds so fuckin’ good. Oh shit… This hook is fucking incredible. The way the beat drops is so perfect. Wow. This is really good. This beat is fuckin’ crazy. This track isn’t that great lyrically, but it sounds really, really, really good. I’m not in love with the EDM shit after the hook, but it’s not that big of a deal. There’s only one verse, and then there’s a Sylvester Stallone sample for the outro. I fuck with this song. I definitely think that it could’ve used another verse, and I could’ve done without that EDM drop after the hook, but other than that this song is dope. I fuck with this. 4/5

Track 2: Disa My Ting Feat. Kardinal Offishall & KK Holliday (Prod. Bam)

If the features and song title are any indicator, this track has a strong Caribbean influence. I’m probably not gonna like it. Yeah, my Mom’s from Trinidad, but that doesn’t mean I like all Caribbean music. I could never really get into Dancehall music. It’s starting now. Yup. I can already tell that I’m not gonna like this shit. He should’ve done Soca instead of Dancehall. This beat’s alright. T-Pain’s goin’ in right now. He’s actually rapping. His flow is pretty dope. The shit he’s saying isn’t that impressive, but that’s commonplace for T-Pain. “She want the nuts like Almond Joy.” Holy fuck, this hook is annoying as hell. KK Holliday’s voice is so ear piercingly high. Even if her voice wasn’t this grating, it still wouldn’t be a good hook. The second verse was underwhelming just like the first one. Kardinal Offishall’s verse was actually kinda dope. I enjoyed his verse. I mean, I didn’t really enjoy it, but it was better than T-Pain’s verses. I’m not feelin’ this song. The hook is really bad, the beat is underwhelming, and the verses didn’t really do anything for me at all. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 3: Did It Anyway (Prod. CP Dubb)

This beat is dope af. T-Pain’s singin’ with a fast paced flow. It’s dope af. This is really good. Damn. I’m surprised by how much I’m enjoying this. I don’t know what the fuck that “Swag, swag, swag, swag” line was about, but everything else about this track is great so far. This is club music at its best. This hook is dope. It’s not amazing, but it’s cool. “Put my face in her booty like a vanilla cake.” Uh… The lyrics could definitely be better… I really enjoyed this, but I still don’t think this is dope af… The hook just doesn’t stand out as much as you’d want it to. The track kinda gets old by the time it’s over too. I’m also not a fan of the way he ended each verse with that “swag” line that I mentioned before… It’s still good tho. I still enjoyed this shit. It’s dope. 4/5

Track 4: Let Your Hair Down Feat. The Dream & Vantrese (Prod. The Dream)

This beat is dope. The Dream’s on the first verse. Oh God… I don’t know about this one. This might be a little too soft for me… I’d probably have to be high on ecstasy to really enjoy this. Damn. This beat is REALLY well produced… This might be sayin’ too much, but if Dr. Dre made R&B beats, this probably isn’t far from what it would sound like. I actually kinda like this. I mean, it’s really not my kinda shit lyrically, but sonically this is really good. This is the kinda shit I would play while gettin’ my dick sucked in the back of limousine. It wouldn’t be some chick I knew tho. It’d have to be some girl I just met like five minutes ago in a club. Again, I’d have to be high on ecstasy. Or meth. Just kidding. Unfortunately, I’m not the kinda guy that goes to the club very often, so that’d probably never happen. This is strip club music I guess. I think that’s what I meant to say. This Vantrese feature was unnecessary because he sounds a lot like The Dream, but it’s not a big deal. I think T-Pain just referred to his dick as a “gummy worm.” I don’t know for sure tho… I enjoyed this song, but I don’t think I’d come back to it very often. It’s definitely not a bad song tho. I kinda fuck with it. It’s just not really for me. 3/5

Track 5: Trust Issues Feat. Sean Jay & Young Cash (Prod. The Colleagues & Ty Steez)

Wow. Young Cash. What a unique name for a Hip Hop artist… Okay, the track’s starting now. I’m not crazy about this hook. It isn’t bad tho. It’s average. This beat isn’t that good. It’s pretty boring. T-Pain’s verse just ended. It was alright I guess. Young Cash is goin’ in now. His verse was pretty bad. Sean Jay’s verse is wack too. “99 percent of these rappers nowadays is gay / On the low they probably fuck niggas.” Even without that uncalled for homophobic line right in the middle of the verse, it still would’ve been wack. This is the first time I’ve ever heard anything from Young Cash & Sean Jay, and hopefully it’ll stay that way. I’m not feelin’ this song. The beat was underwhelming, the hook was boring, and the verses were mediocre at best. This shit is wack to me. 2/5

Track 6: Booty Butt Ass (Prod. T-Pain)

HAHAHAHAHAHA. What the fuck? Booty Butt Ass? Is this motherfucker for real? Jesus Christ… I guess I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s pretty hard not to when it’s called Booty Butt Ass. That’s just ridiculous. I almost hope that I don’t like this, just so that when people say “What are you listening to?” I don’t have to tell them “Booty Butt Ass.” Okay, it’s starting now. What… What is happening? Oh my God… “I ate that ass about a week ago / I made her do the Shmoney dance.” This beat isn’t very good. I mean, it’s kinda cool. Not really tho. Jesus. I can’t do this… This hook is so… “Oh my god Becky, look at that booty, that butt, that ass.” Needless to say, this song is about a chick with a fat ass. I can’t fuck with this shit. The beat isn’t very good, the subject matter isn’t for me, and the hook is wack. This is easily the wackest track on the tape so far. I can’t fuck with this shit. This is wack af to me. 1/5

Track 7: 15 (Prod. T-Pain)

This beat’s actually kinda cool. I wasn’t sure how I was gonna feel about it at first, but when that beat dropped I knew that this shit was good. Hahahaha. Wow. This hook is so dumb. It a cool way tho—I’m editing this review right now, and I have no idea what I was trying to say there. “It a cool way tho.” WHAT? I feel like if I was into party music I would love this shit. It’s not really my cup of tea. I don’t think it’s bad tho. I love T-Pain’s aggressive delivery & flow on this shit. Especially on the second verse. He fuckin’ killed that shit. I mean, lyrically there weren’t really any super quotable lines, but the delivery & flow was there. That shit was great. I actually really enjoyed that second verse. I don’t know how much I’ll be coming back this shit, but I enjoyed it. This shit is dope to me. I fuck with this. 4/5

Track 8: Sun Goes Down Feat. Audio Push (Prod. T-Pain)

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Oh shit… This beat is dope af. T-Pain’s goin’ in right now. Oh my God… This sounds so fuckin’ good. The hook is dope. The song isn’t very interesting lyrically, but it’s so dope sonically. I definitely fuck with this shit. Pricetag & Oktane are about to go in on this third verse. They did their thing. Price’s flow was dope af, but I personally liked Oktane’s bars more. I really don’t have anything else to say about this shit. T-Pain sounded great singin’ on his verses and on the hook. Audio Push did their thing. It’s a great song. I fuck with this. It’s dope af. 5/5

Track 9: The King Feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Bun B (Prod. Bnjmn & Major Seven)

This beat is dope af. Damn. This hook from T-Pain is fucking incredible to me. Bun B’s on the first verse. He sounds so fuckin’ good. His flow is dope af. He killed his verse. I’ve barely heard any of UGK’s shit, but I’ve always liked Bun B. K.R.I.T.’s on the second verse. He killed it. I think I liked Bun B’s verse a little more to be honest tho. I’m a big fan of Big K.R.I.T., but I was more impressed by Bun B on this song. T-Pain only did a hook. He didn’t have a verse. That’s probably a good thing. He wouldn’t have been able to meet the bar that Bun B & K.R.I.T. set. He did a great job with the hook tho. The hook is dope af. I definitely fuck with this song. Both of the verses were dope af, and so was the hook. And also the beat. Everything about this song is great. It’s dope af. 5/5

Track 10: Hashtag (Prod. T-Pain)

This beat is cool I guess. T-Pain’s singin’ right now. I’m not really feelin’ this. This is corny. “You got too many friends to disappear on us girl / Let us know what’s going on / Stop staring at that Facebook wall and clear this up girl / And all she said was, ‘#Imabeok / #Imdoingme / #letmegetoneday / #privacyplease” What the fuck is this? Did T-Pain really make a song about some chick goin’ on a Twitter rant? What the fuck? Maybe it’s FaceBook. I don’t have FaceBook anymore. Do they have hashtags on FaceBook? Fuck it. It doesn’t matter. “You’ve got all of us worried about you / You’ve got something to say to us then say it girl.” Oh my God. I can’t take this shit. This is so… I don’t even know. This is just so lame. It’s like he’s trying so hard to appeal to younger people who like social media. Nobody is that obsessed with social media tho. Nobody likes social media enough to want a song about it. I don’t understand why dumb ass old people are always like “kids these days are so obsessed with texting that they don’t know how to socialize with other people!” First of all, what the fuck do you think texting is? Social media is a way to SOCIALIZE with people by definition. And kids who are on their phones AREN’T texting 90% of the time. The only reason they’re on their phones so much is because there’s nothing better to do. They could either sit on a bus doing nothing, or they could sit on a bus looking at their phones, actually doing shit on them. Fuck. Do people just stop thinking after they turn a certain age? Goddamn. Anyway, this song is corny af. He actually said “#doitforthevine.” No sir. I can’t take this song. I’m not feelin’ this shit at all. 1/5

Track 11: Personal Business Feat. Vantrese (Prod. All-Star)

This beat is pretty dope. T-Pain’s doing his thing on the first verse I guess. It’s not bad, but it’s not really that interesting either. Vantrese is on the hook. He did an alright job I guess. The second verse was kinda cool. I don’t know… It’s definitely not a bad song, but I wouldn’t ever listen to this again. I didn’t reallly enjoy it. It’s just not that good. Vantrese’s hook wasn’t that bad. It’s just not good. Nothing about this song really stands out at all. That pitch shifted outro was pretty bad. This is alright. I guess. 3/5

Track 12: Need To Be Smokin’ (Prod. Bishop Jones)

Goddamn. This beat is dope af. It’s so fuckin’ smooth. T-Pain’s first verse was pretty dope. Uh. The hook is way too long. I’m already tired of this shit. I really liked it before, but every line from T-Pain is delivered in the exact same way. It’s already gotten old. I’m getting bored. The delivery & flow are boring. He’s not really saying anything interesting. Bishop Jones did a good job with this beat, but other than that this track isn’t doing anything for me. This is wack to me. It’s so boring. I’m not feelin’ this shit. 2/5

Track 13: Relax (Prod. Don Cannon)

This beat isn’t that good to me. It’s repetitive and boring. There are definitely things that I like about it tho. The way it switches up for the hook is really dope to me. The primary loop is annoying tho. The hook is really simple, but it works. I guess T-Pain’s actually tryin’ to rap for real on this song. He does an alright job on the first verse. It’s not really good enough for me to want to play this shit again tho. Nothing that he says is that interesting. I guess he kinda did his thing, but it’s not really grabbing my attention at all. This is just another average T-Pain song for me. Again, the way the beat switched up for the hook was dope af, but other than that this shit is just okay. 3/5

Track 14: Heartbeat (Prod. T-Pain)

This beat is dope. He’s singin’ on the first verse and it sounds really dope. The hook is dope af. It’s pretty much a love song, but it’s so dope sonically that I don’t even mind the sappy lyrics. “Don’t speak / I just want to hear your heartbeat.” That’s pretty much all there is to say about this one. The beat is dope af, and sonically this is one of the best songs on the tape. I definitely fuck with this shit. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 15: Represent Feat. Yo Gotti & Snootie Wild (Prod. DJ Montay)

This beat is crazy. T-Pain’s singin’ the first verse, and it sounds really good. Oh, this is the hook. It’s dope af. Goddamn. This hook is fucking incredible. FUCK. This beat is so dope too. How the fuck is Future more famous than T-Pain? Seriously, this is so fucking dope sonically. His lyrics aren’t even that bad. They’re nowhere near as terrible as Future’s lyrics. This hook is fucking incredible to me. Yo Gotti’s about to go in now. Eh. His verse didn’t really do shit for me. He didn’t sound that good over this beat. It’s fine tho. T-Pain still did a fantastic job with this song. Snootie Wild’s goin’ in now. YES. His style is perfect for this song. I just wish he was a better singer… It’s fine tho. Everything T-Pain did on this shit was fucking incredible to me. Sonically, at least. That hook is amazing. DJ Montay did a great job with this beat too. Yo Gotti & Snootie Wild definitely could’ve done better tho. I would’ve preferred if this shit had no features. Honestly, I usually think Fetty Wap is terrible, but he would’ve sounded great over this. It doesn’t matter tho. Even tho Yo Gotti & Snootie Wild kinda sucked on here, I still think this song is great. What T-Pain did on this track was too dope for me to not love this song. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 16: Wait A Minute Feat. OG Maco (Prod. Joe Millionaire)

This beat is kinda underwhelming. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard this shit before. The beat isn’t that good either. T-Pain’s verse wasn’t very good. Everything about this song is underwhelming so far. Hahaha. This verse from OG Maco is stupid as fuck. I’m not feelin’ this shit man. It’s a lackluster track. That’s the perfect word to describe this shit. This is probably the most boring and generic song on the whole tape so far. Maybe. I’m not feelin’ this shit. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 17: Another Level Feat. Vantrese (Prod. T-Pain & Toro The Don)

This beat is alright. This is one of those generic R&B songs where the singer meets some random chick at a club and falls in love with her after seeing her shake her ass for 40 minutes. I guess the hook is kinda dope sonically. I guess. It’s not really blowing me away tho. The verses aren’t doing anything for me. This isn’t for me. I don’t really like songs like this at all. I guess if you like typical R&B this might be for you. It’s not my cup of tea tho. I think Vantrese was on the last verse. This is an alright track I guess. I don’t think it’s terrible. I’m just not really into it personally. It’s okay. 3/5

Track 18: What You Know Feat. K. Camp & Migos (Prod. Dun Deal)

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This song was originally premiered by DJ Sense. I know I’ve heard it before, and I think that I might’ve liked it, but I can’t really remember for sure. It’s starting now. Uhh… This hook kinda sucks. I’m not feelin’ K. Camp’s verse either. The tags from DJ Sense are pretty annoying. “TRE-TRE-TRE-TRENDSETTA.” Quavo’s verse was absolutely terrible. That’s to be expected tho. This song is really fast paced. There’s a lot going on. Offset & Takeoff’s verses were pretty bad. I’m not feelin’ this shit. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 19: Let Me Through Feat. Lil Wayne (Prod. DJ Montay)

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This beat is really dope. T-Pain’s rapping about winning drag races and shit. I guess that’s kinda cool. I guess. I don’t know. I don’t really think I wanna hear a song about shit like this. I guess if he does it well enough then I’ll enjoy it. That first verse was alright I guess. The way he ended it was pretty dumb. I’m not really feelin’ this hook. The beat is dope. That’s pretty much all I can say for this so far. Wayne’s goin’ in on the second verse now. Wow. That was a pleasant surprise. His verse was actually kinda dope. I mean, it wasn’t that good, but it wasn’t bad. I was expecting his verse to be stupid as fuck, but there weren’t really any terrible lines that I could quote. Maybe it’s because T-Pain actually gave him a topic other than pussy to rap about. “Got pedals I’ve never stepped on / Buttons I’ve never pressed on / Backseats I’ve never F’d on / Police still get the F bomb.” I enjoyed his verse. That was a pleasant surprise. I actually don’t think this song is bad. I don’t really like it that much, but it’s much better than I expected it to be. It’s alright. 3/5

Track 20: Ever (Prod. Aphillyated & Ty Steez)

This beat is nothing special. I’m not really feelin’ this first verse. “I want to go and hit a thousand chicks / Like I got a thousand dicks.” I like the way the beat switches up for the hook, but the hook itself isn’t really doing much for me. “Now you ’bout to have the best sex ever.” The shit he’s singin’ about doesn’t really interest me at all. “Right now we don’t give a damn / But that pussy getting gushy like you peed up in your pants.” Yeah, I’m definitely not feelin’ this shit. I don’t think it’s terrible because the way the beat switched up for the hook was awesome. Pretty much everything else about this song is wack to me tho. I’m not feelin’ it. 2/5

Track +: Stoicville (Prod. T-Pain)

This was apparently supposed to be the intro to T-Pain’s upcoming album, Stoicville: The Phoenix, but it’s been so long since we’ve heard about that project, so it’s probably cancelled, and if it isn’t, I’m sure this isn’t the intro anymore. Sorry for the run-on sentence. Anyway, this song came out on November 6th in 2014. It’s starting now. This beat is dope af. He’s rapping without autotune, and this is easily the most introspective song I’ve ever heard from him. It’s just one long ass verse. It’s about 100 bars long. The beat is fucking incredible. I’ve never heard T-Pain rap like this before. His flow was fantastic, and for once his music actually had some substance. I definitely fuck with this song. This song is dope af to me. The music video was kinda cool too. 5/5

Final Thoughts:

This tape is alright. I’m definitely glad that I checked it out because there are some fucking great songs on here, but as a whole, this is just okay. There are too many duds for me to call it a good project. If you like catchy R&B inspired Hip Hop that puts musical quality over lyrical quality, then you should probably check this out. I was actually pretty surprised by how good T-Pain’s production skills are. The production was dope. This project is way too long tho. There are way too many songs. He could’ve cut this down to ten of the dopest songs. Honestly, the No DJ version almost sounds like an album. You can tell that he put a lot of effort into this tape. There are just a lot of underwhelming tracks. The songs that I do like are really fucking good tho. It’s an alright tape overall. It’s definitely worth skimming tho.

Favorite Song: The King

Least Favorite Song: Booty Butt Ass

Verdict:

61%

MEH

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One comment

  1. the reason stoticville got delayed is because the label wanted T pain to build up the buzz for it first , T pain is a ok rapper but an excellent singer and producer. most people don’t know that t pain has ghost written alot hit songs for other rappers/singers. need to be smoking sounds bad on tape but his live performance of that song sounds good without autotune . i suggest you checkout his mixtape called stotic that he did in 2012. it has 3 or 4 personal songs like that intro song you just listen to and thank you for writing this review

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