In 2008, the group’s manager took them to Atlantic Records and introduced them to singer/producer T-Pain. According to Cole Rose, “they took us to T-Pain, he loved us and the slumber is history”. T-Pain signed the trio as one of the first acts to his Atlantic imprint, Nappy Boy Entertainment. The group began recording their debut album with T-Pain, and were allowed the creative cost-freedom to record their “very high calories, very edgy and funky” music. The group said that with J Records, “they had us in like a safe lane”, but when recording with T-Pain, “we’re free to be Sophia Fresh. We’re free to do whatever – express ourselves. That’s T-Pain. He talks about what he feels and that’s what we’re gonna do.” Sophia Fresh have confirmed that T-Pain will be “heavily involved” in the production of their album”. For the album, the trio promised, “energy, expect fun, and expect the real because that’s what we’re talking about – just real situations. Expect to laugh, expect to cry… expect everything. We’re three different girls with three different personalities and we’re all showcase.” T-Pain described Sophia Fresh as “a contemporary TLC”. Despite Nappy Boy Entertainment being a digital label, T-Pain said that they would still release physical albums.
Sophia Fresh debuted their first song, “Lives In Da Club”, on the soundtrack Step Up 2: The Streets, which was released in February 2008. In November 2008, Sophia Fresh released their debut single, “What It Is”, featuring Kanye West. Singer Rihanna praised the song, exclaiming, “I fell in love with it. I almost wish the song was mine. It really is really, really amazing. There’s no genre for it. The melody is very pop, but the beat is really gutter. It’s a heavy hip-hop beat. Another Sophia Fresh track, “This Instant” featuring T-Pain, was selected to look on the Step Up 3D soundtrack.
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