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Grammy-winning hitmaker T-Pain raps at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on April 15

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From a press release:

The Wilkes University Programming Board will present Grammy Award-winning rapper T-Pain for their annual spring concert at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, April 15 at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which are $30, plus fees, go on sale this Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kirby Center box office (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins today at 10 a.m.

With 60 hit songs under his belt and two Grammy trophies on his mantle, T-Pain has cemented himself as one of the most influential hip-hop artists of all time.

His Tallahassee, Florida hometown was lacking music industry opportunities and connections, so the man born Faheem Najm chose the T-Pain moniker to signify his plight. He taught himself how to make music, write songs, and record music.

In 2003, T-Pain’s sly remake of Akon’s “Locked Up” caught the attention of music industry insiders, and the independent release of his “I’m Sprung” single led to a contract with Zomba Recordings.

T-Pain’s use of the vocoder made his music stand out, and his prolific, high-quality output turned him into one of music’s most oft-imitated and in-demand producers, singers, and collaborators. His first two albums, 2006’s “Rappa Ternt Sanga” and 2007’s “Epiphany,” have been certified gold thanks to hit singles such as “I’m N Luv (Wit a Stripper)” and “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’).” He has also collaborated with Kanye West (“Good Life”), Chris Brown (“Kiss Kiss”) Flo Rida (“Low”), Plies (“Shawty”), and Bow Wow (“Outta My System”) for platinum singles.

Having just released his fifth album “Oblivion” in 2017, T-Pain promises that he’s back to being the artist that he originally intended to be. “I want to be able to say that I put out an album that I believed in and that I liked,” he says. “Every song on the album is something that came out of my heart.”

With his refreshed spirit, T-Pain has spanned the globe on his I Am T-Pain Tour, selling out dates in the United States, Europe, Australia, and all points in between. Over the course of this tour, fans surely recognized the quality of his music, his captivating energy, and many of the positive changes he has made.

With many artists in the marketplace building successful careers borrowing from a sound that T-Pain helped create, it’s only right that he return to claim his throne. Only this time, don’t expect him to take another break – he’s going as hard as ever.