T-Pain continues his assault on conservative music listeners by uploading yet another video of himself singing without Auto-Tune. The new song, “Say The Word (I’m Gone),” will appear on his long-teased fifth album, Stoicville: The Phoenix. Listen below.
Sticking to the formula that got him so much attention at the NPR Tiny Desk concert, T-Pain keeps it simple — just voice and piano. But he adds luxurious layers of self-harmony that help to emphasize the tragedy of his words: “Why do we do this? Why do we chase after dreams?”
While this is guaranteed to earn more headlines along the lines of, “Wow, T-Pain can sing,” it’s worth remembering that T-Pain’s clever use of Auto-Tune completely re-shaped the pop landscape. It’s great that he can sing in a traditional sense, but he shouldn’t have to prove that unless he plans to embark on a second career as a retro-soul singer.