T-Pain 

Some of you know Tallahassee Pain from his role as Frylock in the live-action version of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force." Better known is his smooth, robotic vocal style that both disguises and emphasizes his emotive power. The thing is, we couldn't handle his raw emotion without Auto-Tune shielding us from the weight of all that melancholic ecstasy.

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Listen to the man express his appreciation of a job well-done in "Booty Wurk (One Cheek at a Time)." He sings, "Girl I got a Chevy with hydraulics and you remindin' me of it / Up and down, up and down, girl you know what's happenin' / Round of applause, keep that booty clappin'." Indeed, appreciating others' beauty is the crux of his music, but perfection is not necessarily the ideal, as in "I'm N Luv (Wit a Stripper)," where he states, "Out of all the girls she be not the hottest," yet he still falls for her. "69" demonstrates his belief that men and women are equals, "Baby girl / I've been doing tongue exercises / And girl / I'm thinking 'bout them booty and them thighs." T-Pain is the musical apotheosis of 21st century mores.

T-Pain co-headlines the Snowstorm Music Tour with Gym Class Heroes, also featuring Grieves & Budo, Cris Cab and Outasight at the Adams Center Tue., Feb 21, at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $35/$29.50 adv. Available at Griztix outlets.

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