Review: T-Pain at the Ogden Theatre, 2/26/12

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Bree Davies
T-Pain last night at the Ogden Theatre.


T-PAIN @ OGDEN THEATRE | 2.26.12

In a display of what can only be described as obnoxious, drunken, ego-driven mania, T-Pain performed for nearly three hours last night to a two-thirds-full Ogden Theatre that, by the end of his reign of terror, was more than half empty. The king of mediocrity in an era of ring-tone attention spans, T-Pain proved he could sort of dance, kind of sing, not really rap and be more than terrible behind the turntables.

Like a set of well-designed and misused crutches, T-Pain was supported by a DJ, a four-piece band, a backup singer and a group of wildly attractive dancers, talent that went to waste as the performer started and stopped songs based solely on how he was feeling. He tricked his crowd by kicking into tracks like "Booty Work," "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" and "Blame It," only to retreat when the energy was getting good.

A gunshot sound effect signaled a crotch-grab from T-Pain, but it felt more like a "fuck you" to his crowd, who by all accounts just wanted to dance and sing along. But like an expert hostage-taker, T-Pain wasn't going to let that happen; he danced when he felt like it and cut the tracks short just as the audience got warmed up.

During "The Boss," Rick Ross's vocal track was choked out by an overload of the high and low ends, treble wrecking the audience's ears while bass shook the venue at an uncomfortable level. Bunny-hopping and sliding across the stage with a self-absorbed glee, T-Pain did more talking than rapping, letting his prerecorded tracks do the work while his band did everything they could to keep things interesting.

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Bree Davies
T-Pain and friends last night at the Ogden Theatre.

But with all of the combined hard work of his supporting crew, there was nothing to cover up T-Pain's musical impotency; even "I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper)" and the DJ Khaled-built "All I Do Is Win" lost charm when the performer just could not deliver. To make sure he covered all of the uncomfortable bases, T-Pain led his group in a pseudo tribute to Nirvana, wherein the band played a warped, less-than-a-minute version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" while their fearless leader moshed on stage.

A miniature version of "All the Above" preceded several minutes of tempestuous freestyling -- but it was clear that there was nothing impromptu about T-Pain's work in the given capacity. It was all scripted and boredom-inducing, just like the rest of the set. Like the beyond-inebriated guy at a house party who takes over the iPod and ruins the evening for everyone, T-Pain surfed through "I'm Sprung," E-40's "U And Dat" and R. Kelly's "I'm a Flirt," refusing to allow anyone else in the room enjoy themselves.

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Bree Davies
T-Pain last night at the Ogden Theatre.

A performer being on stage for close to 180 minutes might allude to a lot of ground being covered in his career, but for T-Pain, it meant playing thirty seconds of every song -- more than thirty tracks in this particularly devastating instance -- in his repertoire, between talking to the audience about how great he was. What was so great about him was unclear, though, and this lack of engagement and interest by fans shone visibly by the way the venue became something of a ghost town before this last show on his national tour was even over. If anything, T-Pain's inability to flesh out a single full track proved that he has built a career on being merely second fiddle to every other artist he works with. Once a hook-singer, always a hook-singer.


CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

Personal Bias: I liked T-Pain prior to this show.

Random Detail: T-Pain was wearing a shirt that read "Boobies make me smile."

By the way: T-Pain ranks as one of the worst concerts I've ever been to in the eighteen years I've been going to shows. I will never willingly listen to a track of his ever again, if it is humanly possible. Also, I'd like to give a shout-out to the subs, for vibrating all the way in my uterus.



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Ogden Theatre

935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

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Matt Close
Matt Close

On some level, it makes me proud that our little town can generate this kind of "big city" asinine exchange. Very entertaining review, keep it up!

Jenene  #T-PAINIACS
Jenene #T-PAINIACS

IF U HATE ON T-PAIN ...@YOUNGCASH WILL MAP QUEST YA ADDRESS AND RUN UP IN YOUR SH*T TONIGHT!!.... O.O!!!

JENENEISIGNORANT
JENENEISIGNORANT

You are ignorant as hell, guess that makes sense considering your a tpain fan.  How do are you going to get addresses from a westword comment??? DUMBASS.

Jenene Baxter
Jenene Baxter

YOU DON'T HAVE ANY COMMON SENSE, DO YOU???...IT'S A  LINE FROM A  T-PAIN & YOUNG CASH SONG YOU F**KIN IDIOT!!!!!!

breeisadouche
breeisadouche

You are clearly a douche bag idiot who hated t-pain before you got to the show. I was there and it was amazing, and they way he kept going showed everyone he is a boss. Since you are probably the type of person who is hated by many I don't feel so bad for your pathetic excuse for a review.

TPAINBLOWS
TPAINBLOWS

Before you make ignorant comments, you might want to read the entire article first so as not to look like a moron.  In the critic notebook section it clearly says:  " Personal Bias: I Liked T-Pain prior to this show."  So obviously from that statement one could deduce that the critic did in fact like tpain and not "clearly a douche bag idiot who hated t-pain before you got to the show." Also I would suggest pulling your head out of your ass and branching out and listening to good hip hop.  Makes me sick that TPain and lil wayne are the "good rappers"  when true artists like Sage Francis, Buck 65, and others get no love.  I guess in a way its good though, keeps all you tards from going to the good concerts.

TPAINBLOWS
TPAINBLOWS

Breeistheworstcriticever you are very simple minded and probably won't get or agree with most of this but that's ok, I would go out on a limb and say that Westword isn't going to take and print a review of a concert from someone who decided to "stand outside and wait for details of the show and turn everything around just to bash T-pain." Generally news outlets don't like to make up phony details and stories and than print them as first hand factual encounters.   People tend to frown upon bullshit passed off as something that happened even when said event is something as trivial as a horrible concert from an awful "rapper" who couldn't even compare to someone with talent.  Look up some real hip-hop music out there and not bullshit ks107.5 garbage with lyrics that are pointless and unimaginable.  Check out cunninglyguists, jedi mind tricks, canibus, living legends, and other artists out there with talent you tard.

Breeistheworstcriticever
Breeistheworstcriticever

I think you are the worst Critic for westword. Obviously you have never been to a rap concert. Did you even go to the show or did you just stand outside and wait for details of the show and turn everything around just to bash T-pain???? Maybe you should think of another career field.

Bree Davies
Bree Davies

I hope you have a career as a professional commenter, because this is the best comment I've read in a long time.

Tpainiswack
Tpainiswack

Tpain is wack. RIP Nate Dogg the best!

Bree Davies
Bree Davies

That's an accurate summary of my experience, yes.

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