T-Pain Uses Auto-Tune as a Choice Because, Let's Face It, the Man Can Actually Sing
T-Pain recently shocked viewers when he revealed himself as the Monster — and crowned winner — on Fox's competition show The Masked Singer. Over the course of 10 episodes, the 33-year-old singer, rapper, and producer belted a number of tunes under his furry costume, including Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now," Sam Smith's "Stay With Me," and Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It."
Although T-Pain's musical career is heavily characterized by his use of Auto-Tune, longtime fans (and new ones) know that he doesn't really need any mechanized help when it comes to his vocals because he can actually sing. In fact, in a 2014 interview with NPR's program All Things Considered, he said that he didn't use Auto-Tune to sound good. "I was just using it to sound different," he explained.