Softest Hard and T-Pain Put Their Twist on a Classic Dance Record With “I’m Blue” Collab for HARD Records

The dynamic electronic artist Softest Hard and GRAMMY-Award winning phenom T-Pain join forces to put their twist on one of the most iconic songs from dance music’s canon.

Electronic music producer Softest Hard and GRAMMY award winning, multi-faceted artist T-Pain have collided on a planet-sized dance collab titled “I’m Blue,” a crossover single soaked in nostalgia, out now on HARD Recs.

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On “I’m Blue” Softest Hard and T-Pain reach into the vault to pluck out one of the most iconic dance records of all time, Eiffel 95’s anthem whose vocal hook has been permanently branded into our brains since its 1998 release. T-Pain interpolates the topline with his seminal auto-tuned flair, while Softest Hard colors the beat with iridescent synth progressions, tight trap drums, cowbell hits, swinging sax flourishes and remnants of the original production. The end result is a modern twist on the classic that today’s world never knew it needed.

T-Pain on the song: “Working with Softest Hard on recreating this 90s classic has been a blast. I’m a longtime dance music enthusiast so this collaboration is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Hope you all enjoy!” 

Softest Hard shares a few words on the collaboration: “‘I’m Blue” is one of the biggest dance records on my album. It was an honor to work with the super talented legend, T-Pain. It’s a refreshing twist to such a feel-good ,nostalgic record. It’s the perfect middle ground between soft and hard.”

The genre-blurring producer Softest Hard has been on an unstoppable roll as she slowly creeps towards the release of her highly anticipated debut album. The first two singles have already seen her rub shoulders with two Grammy Award-winning powerhouses: initially partnering up with Stacy Barthe on the effervescent “Do Over,” and then following up that act with her steamy sophomore offering, “La Luz,” alongside Latin sensation Kali Uchis. It’s been nothing short of a star-studded affair thus far, and yet she’s still somehow managed to take things up a notch on the LP’s third track.

Softest Hard and T-Pain’s new single “I’m Blue” is available on all platforms via HARD Recs.

More About HARD Recs
Renowned for curating the most cutting-edge lineups, HARD has solidified itself as a cultural institution within the live events space by continuously staying at the forefront of the ever-evolving dance scene. In 2018, they extended this forward-thinking ethos into their first compilation album, ‘HARD Summer 2018,’ an 18-track package aimed at showcasing the most sought-after sounds in house, techno, bass, trap and hip-hop music. With the launch of their very own HARD Recs imprint, they are providing a platform for the artists sprawled across their many stages at HARD Summer, Holy Ship!, and Day of the Dead. As its first full-fledged artist signing, they recruited UK powerhouse JOYRYDE, who has since released a string of high-octane singles, which eventually led up to his massive debut studio album, ‘BRAVE.’ Good Times Ahead (fka GTA) has graced the catalog with 2019’s ‘Good Times Bad Times at Hard Summer’ mixtape, featuring a star-studded roster that brought together high-profile acts such as Flosstradamus, What So Not, and more. Grammy-nominated sensation Wuki has also been enlisted to the roster, with respective singles featuring Diplo, Snappy Jit, Stoppa, and Juvenile leading up to the forthcoming release of his debut studio album. The most recent artist invited to join the ranks is Portuguese bass music maestro HOLLY. With many more new signings coming down the pipeline, HARD Recs will remain dedicated to its mission of shining a light on established legends and on-fire newcomers alike from all across the spectrum of contemporary music.

About T-Pain
Since emerging in 2004, GRAMMY Award-winning artist T-Pain (born Faheem Rashad Najm) has not only changed the course of pop, hip-hop, and R&B, but has reshaped the fabric of the culture itself. T-Pain has sold over 50 million singles, accumulated billions of streams, and sold out shows across multiple continents. His voice could be heard loud and clear as “All I Do Is Win” soundtracked President Barack Obama’s entry into the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, during the “most popular” NPR Tiny Desk Concert in the series’ history, and when he shocked audiences everywhere as the first-ever winner of FOX’s smash The Masked Singer. In June 2022 he hosted his first ever Wiscansin Festival in Milwaukee, now an annual event acknowledged by the state of Wisconsin. T-Pain also serves as label head of his own independent Nappy Boy Entertainment.
The Tallahassee trailblazer’s influence transcends generations in music and more; his Nappy Boy Gaming team is home to a diverse group of gamers including BigCheese KIT, Granny, Lopes, Cardboard Cowboy and Hertlife and together they are taking over the Twitch airwaves. Exhibiting a longstanding affinity for drifting, T-Pain created Nappy Boy Automotive as a way to build out his own drifting team. Not stopping there, T-Pain is also an actor and author with his literary debut Can I Mix You a Drink hitting the shelves in 2021.

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