Faheem Rasheed Najm (born September 30, 1985), better known by his stage name T-Pain, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actor. Currently signed with Young Money Entertainment, he began his career as a rapper in the group Nappy Headz. In 2005, he released his debut album Rappa Ternt Sanga. Since the release of the album, T-Pain has produced numerous hits of his own and for other rappers and R&B singers. In 2008, he won a Grammy Award with rapper Kanye West for the single "Good Life", and again in 2010 with Jamie Foxx for the single "Blame It".
T-Pain is the founder of the record label Nappy Boy Entertainment, established in 2005. Throughout his career as a singer, T-Pain has extensively used the Auto-Tune pitch correction effect.
Najm was born in Tallahassee, Florida on September 30, 1985.His stage name is short for "Tallahassee Pain" and was chosen because of the hardships he experienced while living there. He is a Muslim. At just three years old he got his first taste of the music business. A friend of the family, gospeljazz artist/producer Ben Tankard allowed him to hang out and "twist the knobs" at his recording studio. At age ten, Najm turned his bedroom into a music studio, using a keyboard, a beat machine and a four-track recorder.
He has called his style of music "Hard & B". T-Pain uses Auto-Tune, a pitch-correcting audio processor, for his vocals. Music critic Andy Kellman compared T-Pain's singing style to that of Cher in her 1998 hit "Believe", in which Cher used voice enhancements. In response to Jay-Z's single "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)", T-Pain stated that he would still use the method. T-Pain's use of Auto-Tune has been cited as an influence on other urban artists' works, including Snoop Dogg's single "Sexual Eruption", Lil Wayne's single "Lollipop", and Kanye West's album 808s & Heartbreak.In November 2008, T-Pain demanded credit from other artists who used Auto-Tune.