Well, this is wholly unexpected. We never thought we'd say this, but singer-rapper T-Pain sounds fantastic without Auto-Tune. No, seriously. He could give The Weeknd a run for his money.
In an adorable little video snippet organized for NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts series, T-Pain — rocking cute glasses — performs a selection of his famous hits, like "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')," without any aid of technology. It sounds a lot more soulful this way, you guys! Check it out:
Wasn't that wonderful? To be honest, a couple of things really surprised us about this segment, and we're not just talking about T-Pain's surprisingly refreshing fashion sense…
OK, T-Pain doesn't exactly come off as a guy you'd call "adorable," but he totally is! At the beginning of the video, as he introduces himself, we swear his eyes twinkled. He just looked so giddy! Who knew T-Pain was so precious? We just want to feed him cookies and homemade jam while wearing princess dresses…
This is the man who actually popularized the use of Auto-Tune. Yet here he is belting out his iconic tunes without it, and he sounds magical! T-Pain, sir, you are full of surprises.
We don't care if it's not "cool" or "badass" — T-Pain is now officially obligated to release an acoustic record. Just him and a pianist. He can sing the dirtiest songs for all we care, as long as there is no Auto-Tune and he exercises those pipes. Deal?
What do you think of T-Pain's performance? Can we start a campaign for that acoustic record?
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