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Eric Renner Brown
June 18, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EDT

The degree to which auto-tune auteur T-Pain dominated the charts in the late ’00s is a little unreal. Between 2005 and 2010, the Tallahassee-raised star released hit after hit into the collective American consciousness, scoring six Top 10 hits under his own name, and eight more as a featured guest.

T-Pain hasn’t released a studio album since 2011, but he tells EW he’s narrowing down over 40 tracks for Stoicville: The Phoenix, due out later this year. Below, the rapper reveals the stories behind some of his biggest hits, which include a fiery new single featuring Juicy J and an unlikely parody with Taylor Swift.

On “Make That Shit Work,” ft. Juicy J

T-Pain recorded “Make That S–t Work” with Juicy J—one of his childhood idols—and released it earlier this month. “Hopefully it’s a smash, that means money for me and my family,” he says. “But if not, I got plenty more.”

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