T-Pain Showcases Real Voice Sans Auto-Tune

11-3-2014 12-01-32 PM

Auto-tune first became popular after Cher’s 1999 hit “Believe,” but singer T-Pain has left his fingerprints all over R&B and hip-hop music as the King of Auto-Tune.

The rapper found immense success with the instrument throughout the mid-2000’s. He won Grammy awards for both Best R&B Performance and Best Rap Song, and sold more than 2.3 million ringtone units of “Buy U a Drank” in 2007. However, somewhere along the way, people got the facts a little twisted.

“People felt like I was using [auto-tune] to sound good,” T-Pain said in an interview. “But I was just using it to sound different.”

The music mogul stopped by NPR for a Tiny Desk performance in anticipation of his forthcoming greatest hits album. T-Pain laughed nervously before an unexpected audience and sang a few of his hit songs without the help of his favorite instrument.

The outcome?

Check it out for yourself on “Watch What Happens Live” in the clip below.

Should T-Pain drop the auto-tune or start showcasing some of his other, under-appreciated skills? Tell us what you think in the comments.

(Photo Credit: Tiny Desk)