Perhaps more than any other modern artist, T-Pain's life is riddled with qualifiers. Has there ever been a singer so inventive, and with so many chart-topping hits, for whom fans have to take up the same tired arms? "No, he can really sing!" has become a rallying cry, especially in the wake of his gripping, stripped-down concert for NPR. Now, with his tellingly titled Stoicville: The Phoenix on the horizon, the rapper-turned-everything drops off another sparse, moody piece of soul. "Say The Word (I'm Gone)" catches T-Pain at his most vulnerable, all existential worries and self-harmonizing. Even the video--unedited feeds of the booth during the various vocal takes--is on theme.

Stoicville: The Phoenix is coming soon.