Photo: Nick Michael, NPR
By Tia Dabney
T-Pain is well-known for his many auto-tuned hits. His performance last year during NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” feature was renowned as the best one yet—and shocked many when he performed his hits without auto-tune. So it was only right that for the 10th anniversary of his debut album "Rappa Ternt Sanga," T-Pain and NPR came together to commemorate the album with an intimate concert.
T-Pain performed to a crowd of about 100 at the public radio’s headquarters. He performed all his songs acoustically, running through some of his most famous hits like “Bartender” and “Tipsy.”
He also performed popular songs by other artists like Gnarles Barkley’s “Crazy” and Sam Cook’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” which he dedicated to his father. T-Pain also premiered a new song from his upcoming album, "Stoicville: The Phoenix," entitled “Officially Yours.”
T-Pain’s charm and charisma are just the sprinkles on top of his impressive career. He may not have been the first artist to use auto-tune, but he can be regarded as the artist who influenced others such as Kanye West and Travis Scott to try the effect.
Fortunately, T-Pain can sing on his own without distorting his voice and is exploring that side of his talent more and more. Before leaving the crowd, T-Pain expressed his gratitude for his fans and his wife who sat in the front row the entire time.
He also showed his appreciation for the low points in his life because “the bad times make the good times better,” he said. He walked off stage to a standing ovation in the background and a drink in his hand.
Catch his performance of “Officially Yours” below.