T-Pain Sings Without Autotune, Is Suprisingly Good

by Kyla Bills

While T-Pain was known as being the king of autotune, awkward grinding sessions, and ringtones back when ringtones were a ~thing~ he apparently has some real talent to back up all the titles. To promote his upcoming greatest hits album (which he's releasing as a 30 year old, go T-Pain!) he stopped in the NPR office to give an unplugged performance as part of their Tiny Desk Concert series. He seems pretty nervous but as soon he starts singing you can almost hear the mouths of his audience drop because damn, T-Pain has some pipes sans autotune. Before this performance we never thought "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" could sound like a ballad, but surprises happen everyday and this is one of them. The lyrics are all still pretty silly, but T-Pain's voice is good enough that we don't even really care -- which is a sentence no one ever thought they'd even think.

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