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This is the latest accepted revision, accepted on 26 June 2010.Jump to: navigation, search{| class="infobox vcard" style="text-align: left; line-height: 1.5em; width: 22em; font-size: 88%" ! colspan="2" style="text-align: center; background: #f0e68c; font-size: 125%"|T-Pain |- | colspan="2" style="text-align: center"| |- ! colspan="2" style="text-align: center; line-height: 1.5em; background: #f0e68c"|Background information |- ! style="white-space: nowrap"|Birth name | class="nickname"|Faheem Rasheed Najm |- !Born |September 30, 1985 (1985-09-30) (age 24) Tallahassee, Florida, U.S. |- ! style="white-space: nowrap"|Genres |R&B, hip hop |- ! style="white-space: nowrap"|Occupations |Singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, dancer, actor |- ! style="white-space: nowrap"|Instruments | class="note"|Keyboard |- ! style="white-space: nowrap"|Years active |2004–present |- ! style="padding-right: 1em; white-space: nowrap"|Labels |Nappy Boy, Konvict, Jive |- ! style="padding-right: 1em"|Associated acts |Akon, Chris Brown, Tay Dizm, Young Jeezy, DJ Khaled, Flo Rida, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Plies, Rick Ross, Kanye West, Twista, Travis McCoy, Lil Mama, The Lonely Island, R. Kelly |- !Website | |} Faheem Rasheed Najm (born September 30, 1985), better known by his stage name T-Pain, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actor. He began his career as a rapper in the group Nappy Headz. In 2005, he became a singer and released his debut album Rappa Ternt Sanga with the hits "I'm Sprung" and "I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper)". Throughout his career as a singer, T-Pain has extensively used the Auto-Tune pitch correction effect. Since the release of his debut album, T-Pain has produced numerous hits of his own and for other rappers and R&B singers. T-Pain has also had many top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2008, he won a Grammy with rapper Kanye West for the single "Good Life". In 2010 he won another Grammy with Jamie Foxx for the single "Blame It". T-Pain is also the founder of the record label Nappy Boy Entertainment, established in 2005.


[hide]*1 Personal background

  • 2 Career
  • 3 Musical style
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 Discography
    • 5.1 Soundtracks
  • 6 Awards and nominations
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

[[[T-Pain|edit]]] Personal backgroundEdit

Najm was born in Tallahassee, Florida.[1] His stage name is short for "Tallahassee Pain" and was chosen because of the hardships he felt while living there.[2]

He is a Muslim.[2]

[[[T-Pain|edit]]] CareerEdit

He joined the rap group Nappy Headz and later recorded "I'm Fucked Up", a cover version of Akon's single "Locked Up". Akon noticed the song and immediately signed T-Pain to Konvict Muzik. T-Pain recorded his first album under the label, Rappa Ternt Sanga.[3] The first single is "I'm Sprung". The second single is "I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper)", featuring Mike Jones. The album debuted at #33 on the Billboard 200, eventually reaching gold. EnlargeT-Pain performing at the 2007 Hot 97 Summer Jam concert.In 2007, his second album Epiphany came out, with the club-oriented singles "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" featuring Yung Joc and "Bartender" featuring Akon. Both singles were in the Top 5. Epiphany debuted at the top spot of the US Billboard 200 chart,[4] and has sold about 819,000 units as of May 2008.[5] being the first number-one album of his career.[6] Speaking in May 2007 to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul about his reasons for titling the album 'Epiphany', T-Pain stated: "One of the two dictionary meanings of epiphany is 'a sudden moment of insight or revelation'. And to me the title 'Epiphany' signifies the moment I realised that, to make the best music I can, I needed to just go in the studio and be myself, and not concentrate so hard on following other people's formulas."[7]

During the time of the album's success, he appeared on the singles "I'm a Flirt" remix by R. Kelly with T.I., "Outta My System" by Bow Wow, "Baby Don't Go" by Fabolous, "I'm So Hood" by DJ Khaled with many other rappers, "Shawty" by Plies, "Kiss Kiss" by Chris Brown, "Low" by Flo Rida, and "Good Life" by Kanye West.[8] Between the weeks of 24 November 2007 and 8 December 2007, T-Pain was featured in 4 top ten singles of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart[9]

"Good Life" won the BET Award for the Best Collaboration and was nominated in several other categories.[10][11] In 2008, the single won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song.[12]

His third album Thr33 Ringz was released on November 11, 2008.[13] "Can't Believe It", featuring Lil Wayne, was the first single; the video premiered on BET on August 26.[14] "Chopped & Skrewed", featuring Ludacris, is the second single in this album. "Freeze", featuring Chris Brown, was confirmed to be the third single. Guest appearances on Thr33 Ringz include T.I., Lil Wayne, Ludacris, DJ Khaled, Ciara, Chris Brown, Kanye West and many more.[15] Pr33 Ringz was the introduction mixtape for the album. EnlargeT-Pain at General Motors Place concert in Vancouver in January 2009.In 2008, T-Pain continued to appear on numerous charting rap singles, such as "She Got It" by 2 Pistols, "Go Girl" by Ciara, "The Boss" by Rick Ross, "Cash Flow" by Ace Hood, "Shawty Get Loose" by Lil Mama, "One More Drink" by Ludacris, and "Go Hard" by DJ Khaled with Kanye West. T-Pain and Ludacris collaborated to perform "Chopped & Skrewed" and "One More Drink" on American late-night television programs Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC November 14, 2008 and on NBC's Saturday Night Live on November 22, 2008. T-Pain appeared again on SNL on February 7, 2009 (on the episode hosted by Bradley Cooper with musical guest TV on the Radio) in the SNL Digital Short, "I'm on a Boat", along with castmember Andy Samberg and SNL writer/Lonely Island member Akiva Schaffer.

T-Pain joined rapper Lil Wayne to form the duo T-Wayne.[16] The duo released a self-titled mixtape in late 2008; it charted on the Billboard 200 in January 2009.[17] The debut T-Wayne album is to be released sometime in 2009, but never was.[18] On May 31, 2009, T-Pain made an appearance on a live-action episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force as Frylock, where he made his debut as an actor.[19] T-Pain has recently recorded 3 tracks: Special Guest, This Evening, and It's So Easy (with Sophia Fresh). All of the 3 tracks are produced by Tha Bizness.

In an interview with MTV, T-Pain announced that he would release a new album in November 2009 called UBER (though instead the album will be called RevolveR and will be released in 2010).[20] In June 2009, T-Pain collaborated with country-pop singer Taylor Swift for the CMT Music Awards, and performed "Thug Story", a parody of Swift's hit single "Love Story".[21]

An iPhone application called "I Am T-Pain" features an auto tuner, allowing fans to record and modify their own voice to accompany an instrumental collection of T-Pain's music.[22] In July 2009, T-Pain endorsed the 2009 T-Pain Killa Cam-Pain, a grassroots effort to get him elected as president of Florida State University.[23] He has been working with Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on producing a television animated musical special based on Freaknik. It is set to air on March 7, 2010.[24]

On November 10, 2009, T-Pain released his first song "Take Your Shirt Off" from his upcoming album rEVOLVEr.[25] On February 1, 2010, he released his second song from the album titled "Reverse Cowgirl" featuring Young Jeezy.[26] He later rerelease an updated version of Reverse Cowgirl excluding Young Jeezy's verse and adding a new bridge.

T-Pain was featured on the "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" track. The song was released on February 12, 2010.

On April 9, 2010, T-Pain and Clinton Sparks leaked the single "Kiss Her" via twitter.[27]

In June, 2010, T-Pain told MTV News that he has mastered his RevolveR album, but will not be releasing it until album sales go up.[28]

[[[T-Pain|edit]]] Musical styleEdit

He has called his style of music "Hard & B".[29] T-Pain uses Auto-Tune, a pitch-correcting audio processor, for his vocals. Music critic Andy Kellman compared T-Pain's singing style to that of Cher in her 1998 hit "Believe", in which Cher used voice enhancements.[30] In response to Jay-Z's single "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)", T-Pain stated that he would still use the method.[20] T-Pain's use of Auto-Tune has been cited as an influence on other urban artists' works, including Snoop Dogg's single "Sexual Eruption",[31] Lil Wayne's single "Lollipop",[32] and Kanye West's album 808s & Heartbreak.[33] In November 2008, T-Pain demanded credit from other artists who used Auto-Tune.[34]

[[[T-Pain|edit]]] Personal lifeEdit

EnlargeMug shot of T-Pain taken in November 2007.T-Pain lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Amber, and three children: daughter Lyriq, son Muziq, and son Kaydnz Kodah (born May 2009). He has been married to Amber since 2003.[35][36] His song "I'm Sprung" is dedicated to her.

He had two noted legal troubles in 2007. When he refused to cut his set short at Radio One's Spring Fest Concert in Miami on the evening of April 28, 2007, police presence escalated backstage. He became agitated after concert officials stopped his performance of "Buy You a Drink". Police chased T-Pain and his entourage out of the premises and detained them.[37] After a June 2007 concert of T-Pain's, Tallahassee police issued a warrant for his arrest over a suspended driver's license. T-Pain turned himself into the Leon County Jail on November 2, 2007.[38]

On March 27, 2009, T-Pain was involved in a golf cart accident, the same day he was due for a music video shoot for Lil' Kim's Download song. He suffered cuts, bruises, and four missing teeth and had emergency dental work done. He returned to performing on March 29, 2009.[39] The accident was later referenced in the music video of Glasses Malone's song "Sun Come Up".

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