Review: T-Pain wants to be ‘famous’ again, but his sold-out Ybor City show is proof he never left | Tampa

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Photo by Phil DeSimone

T-Pain performs at the Ritz in Ybor City, Florida on May 24, 2022.

You know that moment in a show where that song everyone knows comes along? Well, Tuesday night that song turned into every song when T-Pain graced the stage at The Ritz in Ybor City for a sold-out show.

By the mid-2000s, T-Pain had a strong foothold in hip-hop and was churning out hits year after year. Now, nearly two decades after T-Pain’s debut hit “I’m Sprung,” the 37-year-old is back on the road for a revival. In his 10th show of his “Road to Wiscansin Tour” with Erica Banks, Yung Cash and DJ Honeycomb, T-Pain packed the Ritz wall to wall.

After a short countdown from Nappy Boy Entertainment, T-Pain emerged from the darkness of the stage and stood in front of the large LED panels wearing an all bright red suit with a matching hat. The first 20 minutes alone wowed the audience, with fans matching T-Pain’s cadence to songs like “Cyclone,” “Booty Wurk” and “2 Step” as he danced across the stage. As he cut through the bulk of his set with songs like “I’m Sprung” and “Up Down,” T-Pain’s performance was exhilarating as he pulled out his best dance moves, constantly interacted with the crowd and had a plethora of LED lights and panels which brought incredible production value to his show. By the end of his 90-minute set, which ended with “Welcome to My Hood” and “I Like Dat,” T-Pain had changed his outfit five times and had the packed theater sing for an encore.

Earlier in the evening, Banks set the stage for T-Pain and rocked the crowd during his set. All the women in the building were living for his performance, and a few lucky fans took to the stage during his hit single “Buss It.” By the end of his set, fans were anxious and ready for T-Pain, the legend himself. Before Banks, Florida rapper Yung Cash took to the stage with songs like “I’m a Freak” and “Sugar Walls.” As he leapt across the stage, Yung Cash blew the crowd with him and gave a quick shout out to Duval County before walking off the stage. Prior to Yung Cash’s performance, DJ Honeycomb provided organic sounds by doing beat boxing and interacting with the crowd, keeping the venue fresh for the start of the show.

The experience? Nostalgic. Energy? Absolute ecstasy. The visuals? Immaculate. T-Pain is back, showing his influence with a tour full of sold-out shows and a talented collective of artists. As T-Pain’s touring merchandise suggests; “Make T-Pain Famous Again!”.

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