Do you know what baby angels singing sounds like? Let T-Pain show you, baby. The man himself recently did an unplugged, stripped-down set for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, which would have been normal if it wasn't missing something vital: Auto-Tune.
Do you know what baby angels singing sounds like? Let T-Pain show you, baby.
The man himself recently did an unplugged, stripped-down set for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, which would have been normal if it wasn't missing something vital: Auto-Tune.
The singer has relied on Auto-Tune for about 105% of his natural life, so when he sat down and squeezed air past his vocal cords without it, the world stood still for a minute. People all across the globe stopped giving birth, curing cancer, breathing and manning spacecraft to listen to him, overcome with interest at what T-Pain sounded like, au naturale.
But instead of being the auditory disaster you might think it would be, the noise that sprung forth from his face was sweeter than the sound of 2,000 castrated choir boys singing a joyous song.
"This is weird as hell for me," he said.
With no more accompaniment than a simple keyboard and the aching beauty of his voice, he played his most famous songs, like “Buy You A Drank” and “Up Down (Do This All Day)" to a stunned audience whose nervous laugher punctuated the silent moments between melodies.
Fuck, enough talking about it. Let's just watch it.
But first, a warning: You must be in a stable emotional place to view this video. If you of of weak emotional constitution or suffering from any form of physical weakness, this video will shatter you like your roommates bong that you knocked over, for which you still owe him $350.
Shivers. Bated breath. Unclenching of anal sphincter.
Readers, we don't think we'll ever be able to listen to music again, for no sound shall be as sweet as the sound of T-Pain cooing "We in da bed like na la la la da la la la oooh."
From that video, it's clear that he's an I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-A-N-T man who don't need no Auto-Tune, so why, why does he insist on using it every song?
He had this to say about that:
"People felt like I was using it to sound good," said T-Pain on All Things Considered. "I was just using it to sound different."
But even though T-Pain just blew our faces off the place where our faces should be with his singing doesn't mean we don't still hail him as the King of Auto-Tune. In fact, he's such an Auto-Tune god that he lent his knowledge to Kanye West to help him out.
However, according to T-Pain, Kanye doesn't know what the fuck he's doing with it.
“Kanye uses it, but he doesn’t use it correctly,” T-Pain said. “He makes great music with it, but the way that I use it and the way that I’ve shown Chris [Brown] and Jamie [Foxx] to use it, he doesn’t use it that way.
Kanye and T-Pain have been at odds over Auto-Tune before, as the following video shows:
Oh. Holy. Shit. He can act too.
What is this new T-Pain? This modern renaissance man who can do it all? Who will he become? We can't wait to find out.
In the meantime, we'll be replaying that video of his siren songs over and over again while we look into the mirror and mouth the words "I love you" at ourselves. Mmm.