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T-Pain Biography

T-Pain Biography

Faheem Najm (born September 30, 1984), better known by his stage name T-Pain, is an American hip hop, R&B Singer-songwriter and producer who has been noted for using the auto-tune effect (often mis-cited as a vocoder effect) in his singing. T-Pain won his first Grammy Award for featuring on Kanye West's "Good Life". He was born in Tallahassee, Florida to entrepreneur Muslim parents Shasheem Najm and Aliyah Najm. At the age of ten, Faheem reworked his bedroom into a small studio with a keyboard, beat machine and four-track recorder, and began composing music. Faheem later graduated from James S. Rickards High School. Prior to becoming a solo singer, Faheem was part of the Tallahassee rap group Nappy Headz, allowing T-Pain to start his career as a solo artist. In 2002, he founded his own label, Hard & B, and soon caught the spotlight as a solo artist when his song "I'm Fucked Up", a reworked version of Akon's "Locked Up", gained popularity in the region. Akon noticed the song and signed T-Pain to his newly formed Konvict Music record label.

T-Pain released his solo debut title single, "I'm Sprung", in August 2005. His debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, ("rapper turned singer") was released on November 6, 2005, under Konvict Music. Guest appearances included Mike Jones, Trick Daddy, Youngbloodz, Styles P., Akon, BoneCrusher, & Tay Dizm. Hit singles "I'm Sprung" and "I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper)" which sold over 5 million ringtones spawned official remixes titled "I'm Sprung 2" with Trick Daddy and YoungBloodZ, and "I'm N Luv (Wit a Stripper), The Remix" with Twista, Pimp C, Paul Wall, R. Kelly, MJG and Too Short. He is featured on E-40's 2006 summer hit single U and Dat along with Kandi Girl, which was produced by Lil Jon.

He has released his second album Epiphany on the 5th of June, 2007, that features "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" and his new hit-single "Bartender" featuring Akon. This album has shipped platinum. Guest appearances included Yung Joc, Akon, Shawnna, Cham, Kardinal Offishall, & Jay Lyriq. During that time, he has appeared on the remix of R. Kelly's "I'm a Flirt", with T.I., Bow Wow's "Outta My System", Fabolous's "Baby Don't Go", Plies's "Shawty", Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss", & Kanye West's "Good Life". His new single is "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" featuring Yung Joc, which he produced for his upcoming album Church. The video for "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" was released April 9, and the song went to #1. It contains cameos by Jay-Z, Huey, Shawnna, and E-40. He is recently featured on Flo-Rida's debut single, "Low". He has released a song for MySpace lovers, called "What's Your Myspace" featuring Tay Dizm. He released a song with Florida Artist J-Shin, called "Send Me An E-Mail". The video for the song was co-directed by T-Pain and fellow Floridian filmmaker JOKES and co-starred "MySpace Queen" Tila Tequila. It is said that T-Pain helped Miami rappers Plies & Flo-Rida start their music career through their debut singles. So far In 2008, T-Pain and his label mate Tay Dizm have been featured on Dolla's "Who the Fuck is That?" & 2 Pistols's "She Got It". T-Pain has also appeared on Rick Ross's "The Boss", Lil Mama's "Shawty Get Loose" with Chris Brown & Mariah Carey's "Migrate".

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