Rappa Ternt Sanga, was released in 2005. It was a debut album which did quite well. Reaching number one, on the Billboard top two hundred, we can find a second studio album release entitled Epiphany. The year two thousand and eight brought about a third album, from the same outstanding artist. The name of the album is “Three Ringz.” Alongside artists Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, T-Pain has earned two Grammy Awards and is the founder of the record label Nappy Boy Entertainment.
Signed to Young Money Entertainment, Faheem Najim, also known as T-Pain, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actor. Let it be clear. We are talking about the same person. This young artist has extensively used the auto-tune pitch correction effect, to the extent of people associating the effect with his name. After leaving the rap group Nappy Headz, our featured artist claims he wanted to start something new. That’s pretty much what he did. Although the auto tune effect was pioneered by Herbie Handcock, Stevie Wonder, Peter Frampton and others, the effect has recently become synonymous, with the name T-Pain. People now call it “the T-Pain effect.” This sound is paralleled with a dynamic stage presence. In my opinion his first impression resembles Flavor Flav, of the rap group Public Enemy. He sports the top hat, white sun glasses minus the clock around his neck. That’s cool enough because the young brother has a distinct song phrasing, of his own.
What makes a T-Pain song so magnetic, irresistible and haunting? I personally think it’s the beat mixed with a down home guttural approach to lyrics. His topic matter is usually something basic and domestic, from a “sophisticated ghetto perspective.” Hip Hop has become sophisticated, just as Jazz and the Blues. Upon understanding Hip Hop and contemporary culture, we find different levels of so-called “low down.” That’s where the word pain allegedly comes from, in his name. Low down feelings bring about low down music. Here’s a guy who started music at age 3, in Tallahassee Florida. It wasn’t exactly a bed of roses, milk and honey. Pain traditionally brings about expression that evolves into art and even an entire art form. Fortunately for the world, our featured artist emerged from all sorts of hardship, in the American south land. He’s bringing us exciting entertainment.
The song “Take Your Shirt Off” has a cast of approximately one hundred people yelling and dancing. It’s extremely impressive provided, you are not intimidated by curse words. T-Pain represents today’s American youth and his songs make today’s young people jubilant.