T-Pain turned heads last year when he appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series and performed an intimate set without Auto-Tune, for which he was primarily known.
This week he returned for the one-year anniversary of the video and sang again. He dug deep into his vault to perform “Tipsy,” “Can’t Believe It,” “Bartender,” “Need To Be Smokin,'” a cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” and a new song off his forthcoming album Stoicville: The Phoenix, due out Friday. Called “Officially Yours,” the song originally debuted last month.
Earlier this year, T-Pain spoke to EW about the Tiny Desk Concert and said, “I was nervous, mostly because I didn’t know what the hell I was doing until I got there.” The video went viral and garnered over 7.5 million views on YouTube. “I thought it was just going to be an interview, because when I think NPR, I think talk radio. I didn’t think any of that stuff was going to be going on—it really was a surprise for me.”