|Things have changed...|
However, much like his signature dreadlocks, T-Pain can and has shed his Auto-Tune to let the world know one thing: He can actually sing. A specific fact that many artists who regularly use Auto-Tune in 2014, cannot claim.
Appearing as a guest on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, Pain talked about how the metallic sound that originally brought him success ended up being his downfall, as eventually the heavy Auto-Tune sound became passé. Much like everything else does in popular music...eventually.
T-Pain to All Things Considered:
"People felt like I was using it to sound good. But I was just using it to sound different."
Then T-Pain dropped the filter for a series of soulful a capella renditions of Buy U a Drank, Up Down, and Drankin' Patna, telling his interviewer what everyone was thinking—"This is weird as hell for me."
Check it out:
Get em' Pain!
Also, Auto-Tune or not, this is still a straight classic: