His chart reign has flagged a bit in 08, and artists as diverse as Britney Spears and Snoop Dog have shamelessly co-opted his auto-tuned style, but T-Pains status as hip-hops top hookman remains secure. His most memorable turns have been on other rappers songs, so tonight, expect an avalanche of surprise guests and, perhaps, a preview of his forthcoming 3 Rings, which is set to drop on his birthday in September. In a dying record industry, its perhaps upsetting that one of our biggest remaining stars impersonates a robotso come, if only to verify that hes human after all.
Wed., April 23, 8 p.m., 2008
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