T-Pain

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

Faheem Najm, 30 June 1985, Tallahassee, Florida, USA. This former rapper turned singer-songwriter/producer enjoyed US success at the end of 2005 with the R&B/pop hit ‘I’m Sprung’. Najm began making music in his bedroom studio while still living with his parents, before graduating to live performance with the Florida-based rap outfit Nappy Headz. The quintet enjoyed local hits in 2000/01 with ‘Robbery’ and ‘F.L.A.’ but failed to make an impact on the national scene. Rebranding himself T-Pain in honour of his native Tallahassee, Najm began recording his own brand of R&B, dubbed ‘Hard & B’, for his own label. The single ‘Time To Make Love’ attracted local interest but his major breakthrough was with a rewrite of Akon’s ‘Locked Up’ called ‘Fucked Up’. This street hit attracted the attention of Akon himself, resulting in the flavour of the month convict turned superstar signing...

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