I Am T-Pain

App review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Sleek music app is entertaining but iffy for kids.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

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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.


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.


"Damn," variations on "f--k," the n word.


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.

What 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.

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Kid, 10 years old December 3, 2014


Most smule apps are FINE for kids. Like free rap, piano, etc. Karoke was fine, if you chose an appropriate song. For this, There is NO appropriate song. Yes, pa... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byRosebud95 July 28, 2010


I like this auto-tune app. The only thing is hat you can choose a beat to record with but some of the music titles are suggestive. But just use my iTunes for be... Continue reading

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.

App details

  • Device: iPhone
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: February 25, 2010
  • Category: Music
  • Publisher: Smule
  • Version: 1.30
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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