by Sean Smith
In the mid to late 2000s it was nearly impossible to turn on the radio and not here the auto-tuned voice of T-Pain coming through your speakers. Whether it was a song of his own or he was being featured singing on a hook, T-Pain was everywhere. This week the “rappa ternt sanga” is celebrating those years by releasing T-Pain Presents Happy Hour: The Greatest Hits. The compilation contains 13 of the more memorable T-Pain songs from over the years to include his debut single “I’m Sprung”, “I’m n Luv (Wit a Stripper)”, and “Can’t Believe it” featuring Lil’ Wayne to name a few.
Last week T-Pain stopped by the NPR studios to help promote his new release, and while he was there he performed a Tiny Desk Concert. This is a series on NPR’s All Songs Considered, which features artist’s singing stripped down versions of the music in the NPR office’s for an intimate audience of employee’s. Video of T-Pain’s performance at NPR quickly went viral due to the fact that he was singing without the aid of auto-tune. It turns out that many people were suprised by the fact that T-Pain is actually a pretty good singer. If you haven’t checked out the performance you can do so in the related media below. The first song that T-Pain performs is his hit “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” which is also one of the songs included on his new greatest hits album. And it is also the song that we remember this week here on #tbt on Clizbeats.com.
Florida’s T-Pain, the T standing for his native city Tallahassee, first burst onto the music scene with his unique style in 2005. He released his debut album Rappa Ternt Sanga that year which included the two singles “I’m Sprung” and “I’m n Luv (Wit a Stripper)” which featured popular rapper of the time Mike Jones (Who? MIKE JONES!!). T-Pain followed his debut album up with his sophomore effort Epiphany. The lead single to that album was “Buy U a Drank” featuring rapper Yung Joc of “It’s Goin’ Down” fame. “Buy U a Drank” served as the breakthrough crossover hit for T-Pain as it topped not only Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as well as the Billboard Hot 100. An official remix to the song was also released which featured a guest verse by Kanye West.
So in light of T-Pain releasing T-Pain Presents Happy Hour: The Greatest Hits earlier this week, today we remember his 2007 crossover hit “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)”. Enjoy!
T-Pain Featuring Yung Joc
“Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)”
Nappy Boy/Konvict/Jive Records/Zomba Label Group
T-Pain”s “Tiny Desk Concert” (Explicit)