Im dating a stripper
It's so sweet in intent and minimal in instrumentation it's possible to imagine the Flamingos singing it.
"Buy U a Drank" unplugged turned out to be a smash with NPR listeners.But it stands up well in the field of slow and sentimental stripper songs, like Wyclef Jean's "Perfect Gentleman" and Usher's "I Don't Mind"."I'm 'n Luv" lacks the condescension in those—"Just cause she dances go-go/ It don't make her a ho, no." "I don't mind if you dance on a pole/ That don't make you a ho." Oh, thanks, that's awfully big of you, fellas.The creator of Auto-Tune has been quoted as comparing it to cosmetics, appropriately.Sometimes it's just a little concealer, sometimes it's neon pink fake lashes, and if it's going to be noticeable, might as well go big.The last decade has seen enough strip club imagery in lyrics and videos and television and film that anyone still needing "making it rain" explained to them has a pretty rarefied media intake.
What that means for the culture beyond a great popular art and hustle getting its due I will leave to others, save for this: would that if for every song about watching strippers, there was one like Gangsta Boo's classic "Can I Get Paid (Get Your Broke Ass Out)", a fantastic track from the stripper's point of view.
T-Pain never used the device to make his voice sound unrealistically perfect.
He used it to screw it up and make it do what the human voice technically could not.
"I'm 'n Luv" got an answer cover, an art rock tribute, and received the most indisputable acknowledgement of cultural impact a popular song can get: A "Weird Al" Yankovic parody.
Yankovic dresses like Gilligan to sing "I'm in Love With the Skipper" in concert.
This could be due to the instinctive love a certain demographic has for R&B or hip-hop only when it's recontextualized and stripped down, but an audience who'd never heard T-Pain probably just saw an enchanting soul singer.