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Swapping Sounds: Ten Times Lil Wayne & T-Pain Switched Up Their Flow

VIBE ranks the moments Wayne piled on the autotune while T-Pain broke free of musical distortion.

Since the surprise release of T-Wayne, fans have been reminded of the art of collaboration and just how well T-Pain and Lil Wayne have mastered it. Aside from their buddy singles like “Can’t Believe It” and "Got Money," the artists have shown their abilities to utilize technology around them and at times, rely on the talent of their vocals.

Their switch-up has gone back years. With over a hundred tunes, Weezy took the autotune route for some of his mixtape cuts (Dedication, The Drought Is Over 2) in 2007 and later navigated his love for the machine into the mainstream with 2008’s “Lollipop.”

Meanwhile, T-Pain reignited the use of autotune (kudos to Roger Troutman and Teddy Riley) in 2005 with the release of “I’m Sprung.” Four stellar albums and two Grammys later, the Floridian found himself in a tiff following the wave of backlash of the tool in rap culture. It was then during an 2013 interview with Sway in The Morning when he busted out a few vocals without autotune.

The switch up reminds us of the true artistry both posses and quality throwback jams we can all enjoy.

Below, we rank the times Lil Wayne broke out the autotune and the moments T-Pain shined without it.

-By Camille Augustin & Desire Thompson 

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Lil Wayne

10) "Dedication 3"

What would this list be if we didn't include a song from Wayne's Dedication 3 mixtape? Sporadically, he used autotune on tracks like "WhoEver You Like" and "My Weezy," but the project's title track allowed the 34-year-old to stretch his singing capabilities thanks to autotune.

9) "I'm Goin In"

The platinum single from Drake’s So Far Gone EP warranted plenty of attention thanks to the assistance of heavyweights like Wayne and Young Jeezy. While the rapper uses the tool just slightly on the track, it was the chorus, which grew legs and stayed in our minds beyond its 2009 release.

8) "Dey Know (Remix)"

Hailed as one of the first times Wayne used autotune, Wayne stood out on the “Dirty South” version of the late Shawty Lo’s breakout hit. You can tell “Mr. Every-Time-You-See-Me-Got-A-New-Chain” enjoyed distorting his vocals and his bars so much that it went on to be a staple in his later hits.

7) "Prostitute Flange"

During the Mixtape Weezy days, the rapper was caught singing the synthesized blues, causing him to take a slow jam route on The Drought Is Over 2 track. While he went on to arguably perfect his sound on tracks like “Lollipop” and “How To Love,” nothing beats his ode to one powerful yoni.

6) "I'm So Paid"

Big Money Weezy fired off a wealthy flow on Akon's 2008 melody alongside Young Jeezy. The story of rags to riches plays out in lyric form while Wayne floats over the track with a sense of royalty.

5) "Lollipop"

To send a tingle down his lady fans' spines, Wayne delivered statements of steamy sessions from the VIP section of the club to the confines of the bedroom. The late Static Major's vocals also served as the assist Wayne needed to catapult the song to the top of the charts.

4) "See You In My Nightmares"

Fairly early in his mainstream autotune trip, Wayne joined Kanye’s personal trek of the auto processor his underrated LP, 808s and Heartbreak. With a strong mix of harmonies and vulnerable bars, the collaboration made Wayne’s sound more enjoyable and welcoming for fans. Ironically, T-Pain worked with Kanye to perfect the project.

3) "Love In This Club Pt. 2 (Remix)"

While you're playing the role of Beyonce while your potential bae steps into Usher's shoes, Wayne's verse serves as that guy Biggie Smalls described on "Big Poppa." With minimal use of autotune, the Young Money leader remained a fan favorite on this Here I Stand remix.

2) "Every Girl"

Anyone who heard the opening lines, “Uh, I like a long haired, thick redbone” blair out of a speaker in 2009 was forced to hop off the wall and onto the dance floor. The track, which came before the mega hit “BedRock” by the Young Money collective, had a fair share of autotune by Mack Maine, Gudda Gudda, a baby faced Drake and Jae Millz, but Weezy cleared owned the tool. Let’s be honest, do you remember any other verse from the track without sneaking a peak at Genius?

1) "Swagga Like Us"

Going toe-to-toe with T.I., Kanye West and Jay Z, Weezy utilized the voice manipulator to rattle off his riches. The New Orleans native stepped up to bat after Mr. Carter and kept the momentum of the MIA-sampled track going with his warbled wordplay.

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T-Pain

10) "Drankin' Patna"

Teddy Pendera**down and a pianist puts you in the feels with a slowed-down version of his 2014 track that'll probably stay on repeat after you listen to it.

9) "Up Down (Do This All Day)"

During his "Tiny Desk" performance with NPR, the singer-songwriter turned his 2013 party single into a gentle hug for fans. While singing about his talents in the bedroom and his spending habits, the song is flipped around as he reaches the highest and lowest of keys.

8) "Say The Word (I'm Gone)"

The tender track released in 2015 calls for a time of reflection and insight from the talented artist. With just his voice and piano, T-Pain hits us all in the feels with somber harmonies and poignant reminders of his songwriting skills.

7) "I'm Sprung"

In 2005, T-Pain revived the evident use of autotune which Jay Z sought to bury four years later. Also at Fader Fort, Pain revisited his debut single that solidified his spot in music history. Watch it to the very end for a gratifying vocal surprise.

6) "Can't Believe It"

Featuring his T-Wayne partner, one of the Florida native's most recognizable songs received the live band treatment at the 2015 edition of Fader Fort. While it's not as acoustic and intimate as his rendition on NPR's Music Front Row, it still takes fans back to that magical time nine years ago.

5) "Okay To Smile"

As part of Pain's "Nappy Boy Unplugged Summit" series, he arranged a commemorative song to his late grandmother in 2015. Although the melody might bring a tear to your eye, Pain said it was created to actually place a smile on your face. "This song is not only for my grandmother," he said, "but also for anybody that's lost anybody."

4) "Star-Spangled Banner"

In 2015, T-Pain took center field at a Los Angeles Dodgers game to kickoff the festivities with a live performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Accompanied with chilling runs and high notes, Pain's version of the nation's anthem went viral, shining a light on his natural singing voice.

3) ”Change Is Gonna' Come" (Sam Cooke Cover)

Noted as a dedication to his father, T-Pain commemorated the 10th anniversary of debut album Rappa Ternt Sanga with a powerful rendition of the soulful classic.

2) "Buy U A Drank"

The artist left everyone speechless when he first dropped a few harmonies of his hit single on Sway In The Morning in 2013, but his "Tiny Desk" performance with NPR two years later confirmed the soulful spirit that lies in the Tallahassee native. With riffs for days, the alternative to the snap-filled song opened the doors to make this revisited single a red light special.

1) "Crazy” (Gnarls Barkley Cover)

First performed at his special concert with NPR’s R&B front, T-Pain took on the cover one more time with GQ in 2016. Stripped of drums and rhythmic patterns that took the original song to the top of the charts in 2006, the artist creates a more theatrical version that does more to prove his impeccable talent.

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Issa Vibe: The Best Songs To Fit Your Different 4/20 Sessions

April 20th isn’t a national holiday, but it might as well be.

Although recreational marijuana use is only legal in 10 states, the U.S. is home to approximately 35 million regular users of cannabis, according to a survey done by Yahoo News and Marist University. That's 10.6 percent of the American population and while that may seem minuscule, the numbers are growing daily and it's understandable.

Weed has now become a staple of American culture; it's become a legitimate business in the states where it's legal, it's now part of the way people socialize, and better yet it's a theme in some of the hottest music out today. "Kush" has been included in some of the hardest verses that millennials and generation-z kids have heard in their lifetime.

Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg, amazing emcees in their own right, are also widely known for their love of the green plant. Wiz's biggest album, Rolling Papers is clearly influenced by weed and along with the Snoop Dogg-assisted "Young, Wild & Free" is all about that green positivity.

There's an endless list of hits about rolling up a joint, hitting it and passing it, but what about moods? Whether it's a bowl, a blunt or an edible weed, can leave people feeling a variety of ways and that all can be traced to a certain strand of weed someone's inhaling, or the mood they're already.

Regardless, it's important to be prepared and have music ready to match whatever feelings marijuana concocts; and that's why VIBE compiled an adequate list of songs for each of the main pot moods.

So on this 4/20, sit back, relax, smoke and find the songs that suit the vibe.

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The "Let Me Chill Out" Mood 

Sometimes the best way to come down from an over the top high is to play some tunes with a soft beat and a light voice. The best artists in the game right now, like Jhené Aiko for instance, have created that sound that's perfect for when relaxation is needed, so of course, she made the list.  These are the top four songs that can help anyone kick back and relax if a pull from a joint just isn't hitting the right way.

"Blue Dream" by Jhené Aiko "Muse" by Afro Nostalgia "Summer Games" by Drake "LOVE." by Kendrick Lamar (feat. Zacari) The Bad B*tch Hours or "Top Two and I'm Not Two" Mood 

You look around the room and realize: you're top two and you're not two in it. All it took was one or a couple of puffs and then a pass to make you feel pretty good about yourself. One of the main upsides to smoking that's constantly mentioned in the media is that it can help alleviate chronic pain, well, another positive to it is that it can leave you feeling sexy, sensual and everything in between.

This is that high that can make you feel that you're significant other is lucky to have you, and subsequently makes you hit them up, that tells you: you're single and ready to mingle. It's a smoking session that lets you know: if you shoot your shot now, you'll score and it's a session that you want music playing that only affirms how sultry and seductive you feel. If this is how 4/20 leaves you feeling, putting on some RiRi or even Young Thug can effectively get you 'in your bag.'

"Same Ol' Mistakes" by Rihanna "Tyrant" by Kali Uchis (feat. Jorja Smith) "Worth It" by Young Thug "Smoke Break" by Chance the Rapper (feat. Future) The "Head in the Clouds" Mood 

More often than not, edibles have the power of leaving people spaced out and speaking slowly, after consuming them. Sometimes smoking weed, or hotboxing with friends is a silent event. Either everyone's consumed by their phones, or every other person has been looking at a nonexistent spot on the wall for the past 15 minutes.

Regardless this isn't the high where people want to hear "Act Up" by City Girls, no matter how much they love them. No, this is the high where people need music that takes them on a journey. Songs where the production is out of this world and it seems like the artist specifically made the song for a smoke session like no other. Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD is full of tracks with that vibe, and Lil' Wayne, a weed connoisseur of his own, has songs that fulfill that need too. Smoke a bit and let the weed do its thing.

"ASTROTHUNDER" by Travis Scott "I Feel Like Dying" by Lil' Wayne "Hyyer" by Kid Cudi "St. Tropez" by J. Cole The "Got the Giggles" Mood 

This is when the blunt hits perfectly and there's nothing wrong in the world or when the bowl did its' job and leaves everyone feeling silly. A "feel good high" is the best way to describe and the best way to live through that kind of smoke session is to listen to some "feel good music." These are the songs that can have people swaying unknowingly to its' beat, or the tracks that leave people smiling from ear to ear. This is the session that lets people know that "this is it chief," and here are the best songs to go along with it.

"Pass the Vibes" by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment "Dreamcatcher" by Metro Boomin' (feat. Swae Lee & Travis Scott) "It's a Vibe" by 2 Chainz (feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz & Jhené Aiko) "Binz" by Solange
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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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Homecoming: The 5 Best Moments Of Beyoncé’s Documentary

Once Beyoncé became the first African-American woman to headline in its nearly 20-year history, we knew Coachella would never the same. To mark the superstar’s historic moment, the 2018 music and arts festival was appropriately dubbed #Beychella and fans went into a frenzy on social media as her illustrious performance was live-streamed by thousands. (Remember when fans recreated her choreographed number to O.T. Genasis’ “Everybody Mad”?)

With a legion of dancers, singers and musicians adorned with gorgeous costumes showcasing custom-made crests, the singer’s whirlwind performance honored black Greek letter organizations, Egyptian queen Nefertiti, and paid homage to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Aside from the essence of black musical subgenres like Houston’s chopped and screwed and Washington D.C.’s go-go music, the entertainer performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as “The Black National Anthem,” and implemented a dancehall number, sampling the legendary Jamaican DJ and singer, Sister Nancy, to show off the versatility of black culture.

One year after #Beychella’s historic set, the insightful concert film, Homecoming, began streaming on Netflix and unveiled the rigorous months of planning that went into the iconic event. The 2-hour 17-minute documentary highlights Beyoncé’s enviable work ethic and dedication to her craft, proving why this performance will be cemented in popular culture forever. Here are the best moments from Beyoncé’s Homecoming documentary.

The Intentional Blackness

“Instead of me bringing out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella.”

Throughout the documentary, Beyoncé made it known that everything and everyone included in the creative process leading up to the annual festival was deliberately chosen. “I personally selected each dancer, every light, the material on the steps, the height of the pyramid, the shape of the pyramid,” says Beyoncé. “Every tiny detail had an intention.” When speaking on black people as a collective the entertainer notes, “The swag is limitless.” Perhaps the most beautiful moments in Homecoming are the shots that focus on the uniqueness of black hair and its versatility. What’s appreciated above all is the singer’s commitment to celebrating the various facets of blackness and detailing why black culture needs to be celebrated on a global scale.

Beyoncé’s Love And Respect For HBCUs

#Beychella — which spanned two consecutive weekends of Coachella’s annual festival — was inspired by elements of HBCU homecomings, so it was no surprise when the singer revealed she always wanted to attend one. “I grew up in Houston, Texas visiting Prairie View. We rehearsed at TSU [Texas Southern University] for many years in Third Ward, and I always dreamed of going to an HBCU. My college was Destiny's Child. My college was traveling around the world and life was my teacher.” Brief vignettes in the film showcased marching bands, drumlines and the majorettes from notable HBCUs that comprise of the black homecoming experience. In the concert flick, one of the dancers affectionately states, “Homecoming for an HBCU is the Super Bowl. It is the Coachella.” However, beyond the outfits that sport a direct resemblance to Greek organizations, Beyoncé communicated an important message that remains a focal point in the film: “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”

The Familiar Faces

Despite being joined by hundreds of dancers, musicians and singers on-stage, the entertainer was joined by some familiar faces to share the monumental moment with her. While making a minor appearance in the documentary, her husband and rapper/mogul Jay-Z came out to perform “Deja Vu” with his wife. Next, fans were blessed by the best trio to ever do it as Kelly and Michelle joined the singer with renditions of their hit singles including “Say My Name,” “Soldier,” and more. On top of this star-studded list, Solange Knowles graced the “Beychella” stage and playfully danced with her older sister to the infectious “Get Me Bodied.”

Her Balance Of Being A Mother And A Star

Originally slated to headline the annual festival in 2017, the singer notes that she “got pregnant unexpectedly...and it ended up being twins.” Suffering from preeclampsia, high blood pressure, toxemia and undergoing an emergency C-section, the entertainer candidly details how difficult it was adjusting post-partum and how she had to reconnect with her body after experiencing a traumatizing delivery. “In the beginning, it was so many muscle spasms. Just, internally, my body was not connected. My body was not there.” Rehearsing for a total of 8 months, the singer sacrificed quality time with her children in order to nail the technical elements that came with the preparation for her Coachella set. “I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol … and I’m hungry.” Somehow, throughout all of this, she still had to be a mom. “My mind wanted to be with my children,” she says. Perhaps one of the most admirable moments in the film was witnessing Beyoncé’s dedication to her family but also to her craft.

The Wise Words From Black Visionaries

Homecoming opens with a quote from the late, Maya Angelou stating, “If you surrender to the air, you can ride it.” The film includes rich and prophetic quotes from the likes of Alice Walker, Nina Simone, Toni Morrison, and notable Black thinkers, reaffirming Beyoncé’s decision to highlight black culture. The quotes speak to her womanhood and the entertainer’s undeniable strength as a black woman.

Blue Ivy’s Cuteness

Last, but certainly not least, Blue Ivy‘s appearance in the concert film is nothing short of precious. One of the special moments in the documentary zeroes in on the 7-year-old singing to a group of people whilst Beyoncé sweetly feeds the lyrics into her ears. After finishing, Blue says: “I wanna do that again” with Beyoncé replying with “You wanna be like mommy, huh?” Seen throughout Homecoming rehearsing and mirroring Beyoncé’s moves, Blue just might follow in her mother’s footsteps as she gets older.

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