With the usual sentiment behind his lyrics and the fact that he's responsible for the proliferation of Auto-Tune in today's music (and, indirectly, Musiq Soulchild's alter ego The Husel), it's extremely rare that T-Pain would get any type of shine around these parts. But then the "Buy U A Drank" crooner unexpectedly sat down for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series and shocked the world. No, seriously. Everyone from TIME to Billboard were shocked to discover one thing: T-Pain can actually sing.
The known Auto-Crooner delivered a couple of hits, the aforementioned "Drank" as well as "Drankin' Patna," as well as his newest smash "Up Down (All Day)," with just a keyboardist to back him and without the aid of his Auto-Tune crutch. While we won't go as far as to say that T-Pain is a premier male vocalist, it's very clear that the Painster doesn't need any digital help in the singing department, which makes one scratch their head and wonder why he's used the software in the first place.
The performance comes in advance of the singer's greatest hits set (nope, not kidding here), T-Pain Presents Happy Hour, which will be landing in stores soon. While we're sure you'll be rushing to stores to pick that one up (insert sarcasm here), we're positive you'll be pleasantly surprised with his Tiny Desk concert, which you can check out right here.