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3 times T-Pain proved his voice is better without Auto-Tune

T-Pain appreciation day, indeed.

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When you hear the name T-Pain, where does your mind wander to? Probably back to the mid-2000s when the Tallahassee native dominated the R&B and hip-hop charts, crooning sweet nothings that had fans asking each other the age old question: “Can I buy you a drank?” T-Pain was an innovator, popularizing Auto-Tune, and appearing in over 50 chart-topping singles.

But it wasn’t until recently that fans got to know another side of the rapper. Last year, he appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series and performed a charismatic medley of three of his songs sans Auto-Tune. He soon rolled out new tracks and covers, featuring his sweet voice all on its own.

With #tpainappreciation day in full swing all over social media, here are three T-Pain performances that highlight his wide vocal abilities, including his stop at NPR.

This past August, he gave a powerful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at a Los Angeles Dodgers/ San Diego Padres game. Get ready to feel patriotic!

T-Pain can also throw down the gauntlet in the rap game, having served some fresh lyrics to go along with the announcement of Stoicville: The Phoenix, his fifth studio album, slated to arrive before the year is over. Earlier this year he told EW he was choosing a tracklist from over 40 tracks under his belt.