Few of us at Fader knew what to expect when we heard T-Pain would be coming to the office to hang out and play new tracks from his upcoming album, Stoicville: The Phoenix. Once the most ubiquitous voice on pop radio, T-Pain's crisp, Auto-Tuned harmonies and bright, Atlanta-summer productions simultaneously made him a megastar and laughingstock, even as others took his style and ran to the bank with it. The singer/songwriter went through a period of deep depression and self-doubt, and remained radio-silent since 2011′s Revolver flopped. But on this particular afternoon he arrived full of laughs, with a stock of potential hits in tow. He raced through an iTunes playlist with "hundreds" of potential album cuts, ranging from club bangers in the vein of his current Top 10 hit "Up Down" to sweet '60s soul, introspective ballads and even a rap verse or three. T-Pain opened up about his current moment and challenging past, as well as the emerging artists that inspired his return.