Todrick Hall is an American singer, actor, director, choreographer and YouTuber. He auditioned for the ninth season of American Idol, where he made it to the semi-finals. Since then, Todrick Hall has been performing on Broadway and YouTube. He’s 31 years of age since April this year.
His visual album (on YouTube at least) “Straight Outta Oz”, which runs for almost an hour, is basically all 16 songs on his album produced sequentially. One of the songs contains Wayne Brady depicting his father in his flash back memories to his childhood, with another song having Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing a different role. It’s pretty much an album about his life in the industry and growing up, and how they’re somewhat related, or at least the same ‘haters’ keep hating in the same way. Then suddenly there’s a whole range of tracks really sticking to the more recent RnB sound. It’s essentially what Chrisette Michele’s recently released album “Milestone” was missing, where in contrast, hers sounded all over the place and disjointed, whereas Todrick Hall’s album contains just as many foreign elements, but surprisingly sounds very well put together.
His new album, “Straight Outta Oz” was Released on June 23rd 2016 on YouTube and iTunes, and is also inspiring his “Straight Outta Oz” tour, which will basically be a live performance of his album, on a Broadway / stage setting. Papi is a track on the album sung mostly by Nicole Scherzinger, but the come back from Todrick is quite amusing after she’s done her part of the song. It’s basically Todrick’s view on the industry where sex is sometimes used to advance a career, but in his case since he’s gay, he’s in a bit of a predicament when his possible new manager (depicted and sung by Nicole Scherzinger) makes advances towards him.
This song has a pretty Broadway sound to it so it is totally different to what you’d normally hear on the show.
Todrick Hall – Papi