A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Recording is very easy. Just tap the chosen track, sing, and press a button to share the link. What's much less convenient -- but entirely understandable given the language -- is that only one of the 11 bundled T-Pain instrumentals comes with lyrics.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The lyrics for "I'm N Luv (Wit a Stripper)" are highly suggestive, referring to wanting to do "the night thing" with a pole dancer who "spreads it wide." The T-Pain songs that users can be heard performing via the Web site feature even more graphic sex talk and references to the female anatomy.
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"Damn," variations on "f--k," the n word.
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Products & Purchases
Interspersed with the bundled songs are 13 premium T-Pain tracks for purchase. These include "Buy U A Drank" and "Met Her in the Club." Users who agree to the terms get emails asking if they'd like to watch the music video of "Take Your Shirt Off."
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One user sings about smoking weed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this recording app uses auto-tuning, first widely heard in Cher's 1998 hit, Believe. Auto-tuning corrects pitch and adds a distinctive warble to the voice. That's cool. What's not so great is the trashy rap music of 35-year-old Faheem Najm, aka T-Pain. The lyrics are smutty and demeaning to women. The app features profanity, sex, and drug references.
Is It Any Good?
What a great concept: an app that lets you record and auto-tune your voice just like the pros. I Am T-Pain is sleek and easy to use. You can sing along with any song or a capella, and the effect is quite good. But most of the bundled songs have tasteless titles and raunchy lyrics. A lesser beef: You can't save your recording, only a link to where it resides on the Smule site.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.