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T-Pain is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is known for popularizing creative use of the Auto-Tune pitch correction effect, often used with extreme parameter settings to create electronic-styled vocal performances. Blending this with R&B and hip hop sensibilities, his music became characterized by this distinction, with other music industry artists such as Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Future, and Travis Scott utilizing it to a similar effect. T-Pain began his recording career as part of the short-lived hip hop group Nappy Headz. He released debut solo mixtape, Back @ It independently in 2004, and signed with Senegalese-American singer Akon through his label Konvict Muzik, in a joint venture with Jive Records the following year. His 2005 debut single, "I'm Sprung" was quickly met with commercial success, peaking at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and receiving platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Its follow up, "I'm 'n Luv (Wit a Stripper)" (featuring Mike Jones) saw further commercial success at number six on the chart; both served as lead singles for his debut studio album, Rappa Ternt Sanga (2005). The album was moderately successful, while his second album, Epiphany (2007) peaked atop the US Billboard 200 and spawned the Billboard Hot 100-number one single "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" (featuring Yung Joc), as well as the top-40 single "Bartender" (featuring Akon). His third album, Three Ringz (2008) was preceded by the single "Can't Believe It" (featuring Lil Wayne), and his fourth album, Revolver (2011) was preceded by "5 O'Clock" (featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen). His fifth album, Oblivion (2017) sustained long-term delays and was met with critical and commercial failure, serving as his final major label release. Meanwhile, T-Pain saw continued success as a guest performer on nine Billboard Hot 100-top ten singles—"Shawty" by Plies, "Cyclone" by Baby Bash, "Good Life" by Kanye West, "Shawty Get Loose" by Lil Mama, "Got Money" by Lil Wayne, "Blame It" by Jamie Foxx, and "Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)" by Pitbull—which includes two singles that peaked the chart: "Kiss Kiss" by Chris Brown and "Low" by Flo Rida. The latter was named third in the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade and received diamond (10× platinum) certification by the RIAA. "Good Life" and "Blame It" both won Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance respectively, from T-Pain's total of 12 nominations for the award. Outside of music, T-Pain founded the record label Nappy Boy Entertainment in 2005, and has signed rapper Travie McCoy to brief commercial success. Furthermore, he has produced and written material for other artists and voice acted in film and television such as Tom & Jerry, Freaknik: The Musical, The Cleveland Show, Squidbillies and We Bare Bears.
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