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T-Pain

T-Pain

T-Pain, Snootie Wild, Bando Jonez, Wire, David Lopez 

When: Wed., Aug. 27, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $25-$35, $75-$250 for VIP packages
The last time T-Pain’s Auto-Tuned voice wriggled its way into the heart of the pop zeitgeist was in 2009, when the Florida rap-singer teamed up with the Lonely Island for “I’m on a Boat.” Its send-up of rap excess wouldn’t have been nearly as funny without T-Pain there to lend his signature robotic coo to the lines “Poseidon, look at me” and “I fucked a mermaid.” He did such a great job on it, in fact, that it turned into a huge drag on his career—the viral success of a song where he’s basically parodying himself helped cement his reputation as a one-note gimmick. But T-Pain’s time in the spotlight isn’t done just yet, and he’s reimagining himself by taking inspiration from LA’s ratchet scene. Shit-hot beat maker and ratchet architect DJ Mustard produced the first single from T-Pain’s forthcoming Stoicville: The Phoenix (RCA/Nappy Boy Entertainment), a sparkling, low-key party tune called “Up Down (Do This All Day,” and last year it debuted in the bottom half of the Billboard Hot 100. T-Pain’s vocals are bewitching, and his newest single, this spring’s “Drankin Patna,” pushes ratchet’s minimalist punch toward the sullen twilight wooziness of post-Drake hip-hop. —Leor Galil
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