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T-Pain to Play Surprise Concert at NPR Thursday

T-Pain comes back to NPR for round two. Photograph by Flickr user Eva Rinaldi.

A little more than a year after his internet-shattering Tiny Desk Concert, T-Pain is coming back to NPR on Thursday night for another intimate performance. The show will honor the tenth anniversary of his debut release Rappa Ternt Sanga—which includes hits like “I’m N Luv (Wit a Stripper)” and “I’m Sprung”—as well as feature brand new cuts from his currently in-the-works record Stoicville: The Phoenix.

Tiny Desk Concerts happen at NPR with such regularity that it’s hardly a big event anymore when a well-known artist stops by to play, but T-Pain’s set (which stands as the most popular one ever at 8.2 million YouTube views) was something else. Not known for showing much restraint in his studio recordings, the artist surprised everyone by performing without his trademark Auto-Tune, revealing just how talented of a singer he is and how somber his party anthems (specifically “Buy U a Drank”) can sound when they’re accompanied only by a keyboardist.

A few lucky people can RSVP seats by vigorously checking the @NPRandB and @NPRHipHop Twitter accounts for more information about tickets, which will be made available at 8 PM. If you don’t score a ticket, though, you’ll be able to stream the show at NPR Music.

Get ready for Thursday night by revisiting last year’s set below and remember not to chastise yourself for crying during “Up Down (Do This All Day).”

Doors open at 7, show begins at 8. Tickets are free.