Pioneering artist T-Pain used Auto-Tune to create a signature sound in the mid-2000s, and the Florida native sat down with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman on March 19 to reflect on the impact of his music. After scoring a few regional hits, T-Pain signed to Akon’s Konvict Music and dropped his 2005 debut solo album, Rappa Ternt Sanga. In the following years, T-Pain racked up 46 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart—including three No. 1 singles—and directly influenced artists like Kanye West to follow his blueprint.

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