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R&B / Hip-Hop

T-Pain

November 10, 2008
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Thr33 Ringz

Konvict/Jive/Nappy Boy Ent

ESSENTIAL "Digital"

There's a video online called "T-Pain vs. His vocoder." In it, an angry vocoder threatens to make T-Pain's voice sound like a chipmunk unless Pain sings, "Thank you vocoder, you are wonderful and you have helped me out tremendously." The machine has a point. You could fill an entire iPod Shuffle with Pain's digitally enhanced featured appearances on other artist's songs alone. No doubt T-Pain is to blame for what is now a computerized-harmony epidemic, and on his third album, "Thr33 Ringz," he declares, like it or (more likely) don't, that not only did he do Auto-Tune first, he does it best. Like Pain's guest spots, the album's all over the place, from forlorn strip-club love numbers ("Long Lap Dance") to songs that sound like Jodeci slow jams converted to digital ("Chopped n Skrewed"). The bouncy counting on "Therapy" makes it sound like he and guest artist Kanye West are doing jazzercise. On "Karaoke," Pain fires off fierce (if average) raps at people who make fun of him for being gimmicky. Throughout, Pain flashes all the Auto-Tune tricks that make his singer/rapper/robot outfit work, and it becomes clear why the machine wants some credit. (Out tomorrow. See Page 3 for our interview with T-Pain.) JULIAN BENBOW

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