T-Pain is unconventional, with a sound that can’t be classified and a list of collaborators, including Cee-Lo, R. Kelly, Usher, Charlie Wilson, Britney Spears and, of course, Yung Joc, who add some grit to T-Pain’s polished production. This rapper-turned-singer has an equally eclectic collection of luxury cruisers–equipped with train horns (except his new Mini).
The most striking ride is the 1972 Chevrolet Impala ragtop, sparkling right down to the fender skirts with layers of orange candy flake. Chrome accents extend to the 24-inch rims and brake calipers, in addition to an entirely chromed-out 400-c.i.d. engine. Extras inside include a billet steering wheel and bowtie floor mats, all entirely overshadowed by actual alligator tails stitched into the smooth leather upholstery.
The 1994 Cadillac Escalade ESV is a better choice for his listening pleasure, outfitted with a sound system installed by the award-winning gurus at Stereo Sales (Tallahassee, Florida). The sleek, all-custom system includes six monitors and 12 Rockford Fosgate speakers stashed throughout the gray-and-maroon suede interior.
Interestingly, the Tallahassee, Florida, native, born Theodore William Pain, prefers the Cooper above all. “I’ve always wanted one; it’s fun to drive,” he says. “I put some 20s on it, and that’s my dream car right there.” The 2007 limited edition Mercedes-Benz S-class came complete with a beige leather interior, stainless-steel pedals and lots of chrome, from the headlamp bezels and hexagon-look grille to the dual exhaust.