T-Pain, the patron saint of Auto-Tune, is returning to NPR. The R&B/hip-hop artist is scheduled to perform a “surprise” concert at the media organization’s headquarters in D.C. Thursday, NPR announced today.
Thursday’s show will follow up on T-Pain’s now-legendary 2014 Tiny Desk Concert at NPR in which he shocked the world by singing — quite well! — without his signature pitch correction. (“T-Pain Singing Without Auto-Tune Is Actually Really Good,” Gawker proclaimed.) Video from the performance became NPR’s most-watched Tiny Desk performance ever.
December marks the 10th anniversary of T-Pain’s hit debut, Rappa Ternt Sanga. But tomorrow’s gig won’t just be a walk down memory lane — he’s expected to premiere two songs from his forthcoming album, Stoicville: The Phoenix.
NPR Music will give away a limited number of tickets to the show tonight (Wednesday) at 8 p.m. EST. If you can’t be there, the concert will stream live via NPRMusic.org starting at 8 p.m. Thursday. It will also be archived online.
Watch T-Pain’s 2014 Tiny Desk performance below. Warning: Explicit language.