T-Pain Sings Without Auto-Tune and It's Awesome!

by Jackie Willis 10:17 AM PDT, October 30, 2014
Playing T-Pain Sings Without Auto-Tune and It's Awesome!

You've never heard "Buy U a Drank" like this before! Turns out, this whole time, R&B singer T-Pain didn't even need auto-tune. The guy can sing!

T-Pain, whose legal name is Faheem Rasheed Najm, gave a mind-blowing performance on NPR Music's Tiny Desk without the help from his trusty voice-altering apparatus.

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Before he began the intimate concert, the 29-year-old singer joked, "So, I know everyone is wondering where the auto-tune is gonna come from. It's okay, totally fine. I got it right here. It's all surgically inserted."

The auto-tune wasn't there as he started to beautifully sing "Buy U a Drink" au naturale, followed by "Up Down (Do This All Day)" and "Drankin Patna." Is T-Pain the next John Legend?

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T-Pain was on the forefront of making auto-tune popular in pop and R&B music, but as his music was climbing the charts, he said his reputation as a singer got twisted. "People felt like I was using it to sound good," T-Pain told NPR's All Things Considered in an interview yet to be aired. "But I was just using it to sound different.”

What do you think of T-Pain's voice sans auto-tune? Play music critic in the comments and tweet #ETnow

Another celebrity to surprise us with his vocal stylings this week was Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. Here he is rapping on The Tonight Show.