WARNING: This video contains offensive language.
T-Pain has made a whole career out of juicing the Auto-Tune for all it’s worth — so much so that you can buy your own Auto-Tune app called “I Am T-Pain.” But as the above video shows, T-Pain is a surprisingly good singer without it.
“This is weird as hell for me. Never done anything like this. Didn’t think you guys were gonna be here, but I guess we’re doing this…”
Then, accompanied only by an electronic keyboard, T-Pain beautifully sings three popular rap/pop songs of his, only as ballads. And his song choice reflected the type of deep, meaningful tunes that NPR’s highbrow audience appreciates: “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’),” “Up Down (Do This All Day)” and “Drankin’ Patna.”
According to NPR, the “Tiny Desk Concert Series” consists of “intimate video performances, recorded live at the desk of All Things Considered host Bob Boilen.” Some past performers include The Danish String Quartet, The Bots, Jackson Browne, and Bio Ritmo.
For better or for worse, T-Pain and Auto-Tune have gone hand in hand since the beginning of his career. Mr. Pain told NPR, via The Hollywood Reporter, that his relationship with the device has been misunderstood.
“People felt like I was using it to sound good. But I was just using it to sound different.”
If the fan reaction on social media to T-Pain’s Auto-tune free performance is any indication, fans are hoping he’ll sing naturally in the future.
— BroBible (@BroBible) October 30, 2014
If you didn’t know T-Pain does actually have a good singing voice without auto-tune you are an idiot
— daddykhadds (@khadijzah) October 30, 2014
What do you think of T-Pain’s perormance without Auto-Tune? Should he ditch the gimmick for his next album? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
[Image courtesy of the New York Daily News]