T-Pain made auto-tune more than a studio tool, he made it an era. What happens when he’s without it?
The answer is above, but we’re sure you’ve heard by now that the answer is awesomeness. With his good friend and keyboard player providing the only instrumentation, T-Pain took to NPR‘s Tiny Desk to perform 2 of his most popular records, “Buy U A Drank,” and “Up, Down,” and his newest single, “Drankn’ Patna.” He sang all three into a non-auto-tune-laden microphone, and even joked that should everything go wrong, he has some [auto-tune] in his pocket. Never fear, Teddy didn’t need it. For those that didn’t know the certified hit-maker was already a talented vocalist despite his affinity for adjusting his vocals, the above video clip will more than likely blow you away–especially the part where he turns “Up, Down,” which is by definition a rap song, into something gospel-y. Enjoy.
Pain’s upcoming album, Stoicville: The Phoenix, which will feature “Up Down,” “Drankin’ Patna” and more, is due out next year.