The pain of T-Pain fans
- Joy Mukherjee
Event : T-Pain Live in Concert
Featuring : T-Pain
Venue : Blue Frog, Mumbai
Date : 17 June, 2011
With a tedious and substandard effort that dragged on far too long, R&B artist T-Pain showed what he is famous for.
Almost exclusively comprised of concise samples from his latest duets with other big-name R&B and hip-hop acts - none of whom were present at the gig - the two-hour performance was slightly more than a teaser for fans.
Clad plainly in a T-shirt and jeans, T-Pain jumped into the Kanye West duet ‘Good Life’ but played only his short chorus and finished it just as the crowd began to get into the mood with the well-liked Grammy-nominated track.
He sped through other chart-toppers, too: DJ Khaled's ‘I'm So Hood,’ the Akon duet ‘Bartender,’ and ‘Cyclone,’ which features Mexican-American rapper Baby Bash.
One of the best-received tracks of the night was T-Pain's hit ‘I'm in Love With a Stripper,’ which sent the crowd into a dancing madness as soon as the first note was played. Another crowd-pleaser was the forceful, self-complimenting hit, ‘The Boss,’ a duet with fellow Floridian Rick Ross.
In between playing his songs and numerous bits and pieces from duets, T-Pain also covered a number of other popular songs, including ‘Wipe Me Down’ by Foxx and Unk's ‘Walk It Out.’
Inclining greatly on lip-synching and a synthesizer to enhance his voice, T-Pain gave the audience a rollercoaster of a performance full of many lows and not sufficient high points. T-Pain fans are mostly teenagers and adding more to the disappointment was the venue as it didn’t allow people below 21 years of age. Well kids, better luck next time!