The artists that have the opportunity to achieve longterm success in the music industry are the artists that change the game by uniquely and skillfully separating themselves from the oversaturated competition. Although plenty of artists have attempted to imitate the signature sound, the currently thirty-year old Tallahassee native artist, "T-Pain" is the perfector of creatively using the Auto-Tune tool to beautifully distinguish his voice from the rest of his musical contemporaries during the early years of the new millennium. The two-time Grammy Award winning artist began his musical journey at ten years old when he first constructed his first in home studio and would ironically try to break into the music industry as a MC before ultimately switching to becoming a singer. Born Faheem Najm, the vocalist would coin his moniker T-Pain from the "Tallahassee Pain" he endured throughout his life in his hometown while developing into the musical superstar he is today.
In the early 2000's, T-Pain would join up with the group, "Nappy Headz" and would receive his big break as a solo artist when the CEO of Konvict Muzik "Akon" signed him to a deal after hearing T-Pains version, "Fucked Up" of Akon's hit song, "Locked Up". In 2005, T-Pain would release his debut album, "Rapper Ternt Sanga" and would become a certified gold selling album by moving over 500,000 units through the album's hit singles, "I'm Sprung" and "I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper".
After the release of his debut first album, T-Pain has developed into one of the most influential artists in the past decade with dozens of hit singles that include, "Buy You A Drank" and "Bartender". Simultaneously, T-Pain also cultivated some of the best all-time vocalist guest features for numerous smash singles that include, "I'm A Flirt (Remix)", "Outta My System", "Baby Don't Go", "Good Life" and the most successful single appearance in "Flo Rida's" "Low".
T-Pain has received much criticism for using autotune constantly because some people see it as a form of cheating your vocal ability but most recently, T-Pain silenced critics through a special on NPR's "Tiny Desk Concert" where he showcased his vocals without the use of autotune. The result was NPR's most watched "Tiny Desk Concert" ever with nearly 10 million views. T-Pain is aiming to release his fifth studio album in, "Stoicville: The Phoenix" to announce his official return to music after his hiatus in 2011 following the release of his fourth album, "Revolver" to deal with personal issues. Please be sure to check out some of his best work below!