BY WALTER OPINDE
Today, 30th September, 2017, a renowned Rapper- T-Pain is celebrating his 32nd birthday; we join him in this birthday celebration. Faheem Rashad Najm, better known by his stage name T-Pain, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Tallahassee, Florida. He was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. His widely-known stage name “T-Pain” is a short form of “Tallahassee Pain.” This name was chosen because of the hardships Faheem underwent while living there (in Tallahassee). Najm was brought up in a Muslim household, but he has expressed his lack of interest in the concept of religion. At just three years old, he got his first taste of the music business when a friend of the family, gospel jazz artist/producer, Ben Tankard, allowed him to spend time and “twist the knobs” at his recording studio. At the age of 10 years, Najm turned his bedroom into a music studio, using a keyboard, a beat machine, and a four-track recorder.
T-Pain’s debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, was released in 2005. In 2007, he released his second album Epiphany, which reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. His third album, Thr33 Ringz, was released in 2008. T-Pain has also released a string of hit singles, including “I’m Sprung”, “I’m ‘n Luv (Wit a Stripper)”, “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)”, “Bartender”, “Can’t Believe It”, “5 O’clock,” and many others. Faheem Rashad has earned two Grammy Awards, alongside artists Kanye West and Jamie Foxx.
T-Pain is the founder of the record label imprint Nappy Boy Entertainment, established in 2005. Throughout his career as a singer, T-Pain is best known for using and popularizing the creative use of the Auto-Tune pitch correction effect, used with extreme parameter settings to create distinctive vocal sounds. Between 2006 and 2010, T-Pain was featured on more than 50 chart topping singles, his most successful feature to date was on Flo Rida’s debut single “Low”, which has since been certified 6x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Faheem Rashad (T-Pain) has termed his style of music as “Hard & B.” He uses Auto-Tune, and 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. In response to Jay-Z’s single “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”, T-Pain stated that he would still use the method. T-Pain’s use of Auto-Tune has been cited as an influence on other urban artists’ works, including Snoop Dog’s single “Sexual Eruption,” Lil Wayne’s single “Lollipop,” and Kanye West’s album 808s & Heartbreak. In November 2008, T-Pain demanded credit from other artists who used Auto-Tune. T-Pain also uses the software GarageBand and Logic Pro to produce his own beats.
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