T-Pain’s Amazing Tiny Desk Concert Proves He Should Perform Without Auto-Tune More Often

October 29, 2014 9:49 PM

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T-Pain performing a nearly a cappella version of his 2007 hit “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” is something I never thought I’d see—much less enjoy. But, thanks to NPR’s intimate Tiny Desk Concert series and their request that he perform a three-song set sans any “embellishments or effects,” that’s exactly what we’ve been treated to today.

Most people probably think of T-Pain as a pioneer of Auto-Tuned vocals—even before Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak—or remember him for his guest ad libs on The Lonely Island’s ubiquitous “I’m on a Boat.” And so many of us have never thought to take T-Pain’s untouched vocal chops seriously. But after heari...

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