At the age of ten T-Pain turned his bedroom into a small studio with a keyboard, beat machine and four-track recorder, and began enjoying music.
T-Pain was previously a member of the five-man rap act known as Nappy Headz. In 2002 he founded his own label, Hard & B. T-Pain had been known locally in Florida for his work with Nappy Headz, and gained notoriety for his song "F---ed Up", a reworked version of Akon's "Locked Up". The song gained the attention of Akon, who then signed T-Pain to his newly formed Konvict Music record label. T-Pain released his solo debut single, "I'm Sprung", in August 2005.
His debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, was released on November 8, 2005, under Konvict Music. The "T" in T-Pain actually stands for Tallahassee (Florida), and the Pains means the pain trying to get out of Tallahassee. He made the song "I'm Sprung" for a girl that he knew when he was younger. On BET's 106 & Park he told audiences that the girl is now his wife.
T-Pain is related to the Omoegbele family. He is also
known to be experimenting in the now world-famous "Crunk-n-B"
style of music made famous by artists such as Ciara.
Hit singles "I'm Sprung" and "I'm N Luv (Wit a Stripper)" spawned official remixes titled "I'm Sprung 2" with Trick Daddy and the YoungBloodZ, and "I'm N Luv (Wit a Stripper), The Remix" with Twista, Pimp C, Paul Wall, MJG, and Too $hort respectively.