His stage name T-Pain is short for Tallahassee Pain—an allusion to the hardships he experienced while growing up in Tallahassee in Florida, US. Today, the 26-year-old American rapper and music producer Faheem Rasheed Najm is one of the most celebrated names in hip hop. He has two Grammys under his belt: In 2008, he won a Grammy with rapper Kanye West for the single Good Life. In 2010, he won another Grammy with Jamie Foxx for the single Blame It.
Music channel VH1, which hosts a dedicated hip hop programme VH1 Hip Hop Hustle, will bring T-Pain to India on a three-city tour this weekend. The singer will perform in Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune on 17, 18 and 19 June, respectively.
Hip Hop artist and music producer T-Pain
T-Pain is apparently aware of the growing “hip hop culture” in the country and is looking forward to his gigs. Ferzad Palia, head, VH1, which is has brought several hip hop artistes to India, says, “This time we’ve outdone ourselves by bringing down our biggest hip hop act yet.”
The gigs are part of Tuborg Fun Starter Nights, the beer brand’s music platform. T-Pain will usher in the fifth year of the Tuborg VH1 Hip Hop Hustle, which has earlier brought in big-ticket artistes from the international music scene such as Flipsyde, Mobb Deep, Chamillionaire, Mims, DJ Green Lantern and Kardinal Offishall to India.
T-Pain started rapping at the age of 10. In 2005, he crashed on to the scene with his first single I’m Sprung. With chartbusters such as Bartender, Buy You a Drink, Good Life and Blame It, he has teamed with top artistes such as Akon, Kanye West, T.I., Flo-Rida and Lil Wayne to produce multi-platinum-selling hits. Famous for his use of the revolutionary Auto-Tune pitch correction technique, T-Pain has also influenced other hip hop and R&B artistes.
T-Pain will perform as part of Tuborg Vh1 Hip Hop Hustle on 17 June (Blue Frog, Mumbai), 18 June (Quantum, Delhi) and 19 June (Stone Water Grill, Pune). Tickets, Rs 1,500, available at the venue. For details, visit www.vh1india.com/TBHHH