T-Pain showed off his non-auto tuned singing skills on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno last night with one of the tracks off his new album, “5 O’Clock.” The song is a sexy ode to the crack of dawn, and between T-Pain’s breathy vocal and the adorable little thing singing the female part at the side of the stage, the whole performance is inspiring us to loosen our collars. There’s a bit of a retro R&B throw back happening here too, with purple tinted lighting, a full band and some harmonizing backup singers with synchronized dance moves. The song itself is pretty catchy — we’re expecting it will be a staple for party playlists this winter, and we’re definitely hoping there will be a club-inspired remix for the festive season.
T-Pain and Auto-Tune have become nearly synonymous over the past six years. If you’re T-Pain, that may once have been a distinguishing characteristic that helped you stand out, but now that you’re well-known, it’s a real problem. Now you’re an unpaid advertisement for Auto-Tune, instead of the other way around. So what do you do?
Simple: you partner with an Auto-Tune competitor and brand the software “The T-Pain Effect.” Unlike the “I Am T-Pain” iPhone app (which does use Antares’s proprietary Auto-Tune software), “The T-Pain Effect” is independently developed. T-Pain’s statement to allhiphop.com hints at new possibilities through “The T-Pain Effect” but details have yet to be unveiled.
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T-Pain‘s music paints him as something of a player, as he falls in love with strippers and partakes in one-night stands (after buying a girl only one drink!). His home life is actually much different — he’s been married for two years. When asked about how his wife feels about his musical persona, the man sometimes known as Teddy Penderazdoun said this:
"My wife doesn’t mind. All the money goes back to her. And that, she don’t mind at all."
Nice that she can be bought so easily. Love don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling. In addition to the divide between his music and his home life, T-Pain also sees a divide between his music and image — he may sound smooth on record, but in reality, he’s chunky. "I’m not trying to be Mr. Six-Pack," he says. And as this recent shot (source) proves…
…it’s a good thing he’s not. [New York Daily News / Top image credit: Getty]