T-Pain is only beginning to get the credit he deserves as a pop innovator. His use of Auto-Tune on a series of hits in the '00s foreshadowed not just Kanye West's 808s and Heartbreaks, but the success of two of hip-hop's biggest stars, Drake and Future, as well as up-and-comers like Ty Dolla $ign. As part of the singer's campaign to get respect, he has been doing unusual promotions. The latest is a Tiny Desk concert for NPR, which you can watch below.
NPR Tiny Desk Concerts do not usually involve artists who have owned the radio. T-Pain noted at the beginning of his set: "This is weird as hell for me... didn't think you guys were gonna be here." Accompanied by a keyboard -- on a smooth, '70s soul-worthy setting -- and aided by no vocal effects, the singer worked his way through "Buy U a Drank" and "Drankin' Patna." He also did his recent hit, "Up Down (All Day)," which sounded a whole lot like Michael McDonald's 80s classic "I Keep Forgetting (Every Time You're Near)."