T-Pain — Best Pics Of The Rapper By: Sara Feigin 1 of 7 T-Pain In 2020 Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/Shu He was born Faheem Rasheed Najm but he will forever be known a T-Pain. The rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and winner of the first season of ‘The Masked Singer’ is a pop-culture icon. Growing up in Tallahassee, Florida (the “T” in his name stands for his hometown), T-Pain joined the rap group Nappy Headz in 2004. Their cover of Akon’s “Locked Up” caught the attention of the rapper, leading Akon to sign T-Pain to his label. T-Pain released ‘Rappa Ternt Sanga’ in 2005, and the album reached No. 33 on the Billboard 200. In 2006, he released ‘Epiphany,’ and his sophomore release reached the top of the charts. It contained “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin),” a single that reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 (his highest charting solo single.) Since then, he has continued to record and release music His use of auto-tune substantially influenced hip-hop – and inspired Jay-Z to release “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune).” April 22, 2020, 4:26PM 2 of 7 T-Pain Is For The People John Salangsang/Shutterstock T-Pain attends the 45th Annual People’s Choice Awards in 2019. Who doesn’t love T-Pain? April 22, 2020, 4:26PM 3 of 7 T-Pain At A Rams Game Mark J Terrill/AP/Shutterstock T-Pain performs during half-time during an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints in Sep 2019. Clearly, he’s pulling for the Rams. April 22, 2020, 4:26PM 4 of 7 T-Pain Onstage Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock T-Pain is seen onstage during day 2 of the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival. A show is incomplete until T-Pain performs. April 22, 2020, 4:26PM 5 of 7 T-Pain Poses Scott Gries/Invision/AP/Shutters T-Pain, host of “T-Pain’s School of Business,” posesfor a portrait at Gotham Greens in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The program explores niche, innovative businesses founded by millennials. April 22, 2020, 4:25PM 6 of 7 T-Pain Thanks The Crowd Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock T-Pain flashes the peace sign at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. T-Pain hosted the event after winning ‘The Masked Singer’ April 22, 2020, 4:25PM 7 of 7 T-Pain Is Cool Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutt Seriously? Does it get any cooler than T-Pain. Here he stands at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles April 22, 2020, 4:25PM Click to Subscribe to Get Our Free HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get the hottest celeb news.