Dirt bikes, hookah, fancy furs: T-Pain’s video for his latest single, “F.B.G.M.,” offers something for everyone — not that the beloved 31-year-old crooner could indulge in the clip’s finer props.
“It was mostly just hot as hell,” he tells EW of the video shoot, which took place over three days in Atlanta. “I didn’t realize how big Atlanta was until I had to drive across Atlanta six times — that sucked!”
In fact, the video, premiering below, was all business for Pain. “I take a lot of things serious when I’m shooting videos,” he says. “It wasn’t a life-changing music video, but at the same time, I still want it to not look cheap or anything like that.” He goes on to add that he and his production team left some of the “artsy” footage they shot on the cutting-room floor: “I didn’t want to throw too many people off,” he explains. “I didn’t want to go all Kanye on everybody!”
“F.B.G.M.” — an acronym explicitly explained in the song’s chorus — was recorded in an “easy-peasy” session that took only two hours. “[I was] just thinking about the relationship I have with my wife,” Pain says, referring to his spouse of 14 years. “That’s pretty much how our lives are — just money, sex, women, a lot going on.”
And the song’s guest verse from rising 25-year-old Brooklyn rapper Young M.A was equally straightforward. “That’s literally her life: women and money,” he says with a laugh. “I’m pretty sure she’s a big advocate for [the ‘F.B.G.M.’] motto.” According to Pain, the collaboration was a speedy one, because M.A came prepared with her verse and only needed two takes in the recording booth. “I saved the most money that day from not having to get the studio the whole day!”
“F.B.G.M.” will appear on Pain’s forthcoming album, OBLiViON, his first full-length since 2011’s Revolver. “It’s a mixture of classic T-Pain and new, unheard T-Pain,” he says of the project. “I don’t think anybody’s heard this T-Pain yet.”
Check out the “F.B.G.M.” video above, and stay tuned for more news about OBLiViON.