With hits like “Bartender” and “Buy You a Drank,” T-Pain has wooed fans with his trademark Auto-Tune crooning. But at a recent Tiny Desk Concert at NPR (a series that hosts intimate, often stripped down, performances at Bob Boilen’s desk), the Grammy Award-winning artist surprised many by singing with just a pianist. No Auto-Tune, no effects—just his own voice, and his ballad version of “Buy U A Drank” will give you both goosebumps and have you demanding more Auto-Tune-free T-Pain. Like a true creative, T-Pain uses Auto-Tune not to fix wrong pitches or sound perfect, but as a tool to “sound different,” as he tells NPR.
NPR Tiny Desk Concert: T-Pain