You might associate him with a fairly outdated trend in music (autotune) and hit songs of days gone by like “Bartender,” “Buy U a Drank,” and “I’m Sprung,” but T-Pain is no less relevant now than he was in what was perhaps his peak in the mid-2000s. Here’s why.
He’s a Pioneer
The truth is that T-Pain’s use of autotune in his music when he first burst into the music industry was revolutionary. Using what was once a hush-hush tool for vocal improvement for style and auditory interest was a groundbreaking move, and T-Pain’s legacy can never be forgotten as a result.
Unfortunately, T-Pain’s use of autotune has led many people to denounce his talents, but T-Pain is actually incredibly good at both songwriting and singing. You only need to see his Tiny Desk concert and the fact that he won season one of The Masked Singer to hear why.
He’s Still Here
Plus, T-Pain hasn’t gone anywhere. He’s still releasing music (he just released the music video for his latest single “I Like Dat” featuring Kehlani) and was even featured on Netflix’s new docuseries This is Pop, finally being rightfully recognized for his contributions to the music world.