A few days ago, I stumbled upon an old article in the New Yorker which talked about the backlash T-Pain unnecessarily received while he was at the top of music’s proverbial food chain, which is pretty messed up considering that some of today’s top artists and hottest up-and-comers rely heavily on or are inspired by his style (Future, Travi$ Scott). Since those dark days, Faheem Rasheed Najm has gone on a remarkable resurgence, even notching a couple of plaques along the way. However, one of his crowning achievements was his now-infamous NPR Tiny Desk mini-concert, which still remains one of the best sets National Public Radio has ever put on.
So what did T-Pain do for an encore? Only provide one of the best renditions of the National Anthem of the MLB season this past Monday (August 31st), during the Los Angeles Dodgers/San Francisco Giants matchup. Once again, proving he doesn’t need Auto-Tune at all, Teddy absolutely catches wreck, the Holy Ghost, and quite possibly the game winning home-run from Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series, in the process.
By the way, the Dodgers won that game 5-4. Which is no coincidence.