Thursday, October 30, 2014

T-Pain Doesn't Need Any Damn Auto-Tune

It is 2014, and it is nigh impossible for someone who was a fan of popular music during the second half of the first decade in the 2000's to think of that era's king hit-maker (T-Pain) without drumming up the buzzing synthetic harmony that is Auto-Tune.  To be fair, this is because he pretty much put that sound on the map and then used it to make a metric ton of dollars.  While also inspiring a bunch of other shitty pop songs from other artists.

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:

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