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SXSW 2015: See How T-Pain Spent the Day of His Triumphant Return

Exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos with the fest’s most talked-about comeback

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T-Pain poses for a portrait while relaxing in his hotel room after a successful performance headlining the Fader Fort in Austin, Texas, Friday March 20, 2015.

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The surprise headliner at Friday night's Fader Fort was T-Pain, who played an astonishing 42 songs to close out the evening — quite possibly the most talked about event of a packed weekend. "The reason I'm here is to remind you motherfuckers who I am," he said.

With his first album in nearly four years on the way, we followed the rapper-turned-singer around Austin for a day of interviews, soundchecking and finger-drumming in hotel hallways. 

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T-Pain uses a table while waiting for an elevator to drum a beat with his hands at the Omni Barton Creek Hotel in Austin, Texas, Friday March 20, 2015.

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Table Dance

T-Pain drums a beat on the table while waiting for the elevator at the Omni Barton Creek Hotel.

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T-Pain does an interview with Yahoo Music in his hotel room at the Omni Barton Creek in Austin, Texas, Friday March 20, 2015.

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Interviews

T-Pain does an interview with Yahoo! Music in his hotel room.

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T-Pain takes a nap after doing a few interviews and a sound check in the morning before he headlines the Fader Fort music venue later that night in Austin, Texas, Friday March 20, 2015.

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Naptime

T-Pain takes a nap before his show.

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T-Pain gets ready in his hotel room before leaving to go to the Fader Fort where he headlines as a special guest in Austin, Texas, Friday March 20, 2015.

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T-Pain Gets Ready

T-Pain prepares for his Fader Fort show.

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T-Pain, silhouetted, arrives at the Fader Fort where people are lined up outside to get a chance to see the headlining special guest in Austin, Texas, Friday March 20, 2015.

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Arriving at the Fader Fort

T-Pain, silhouetted, arrives at the Fader Fort where people are lined up outside. He's tonight's unannounced, headlining "special guest."

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T-Pain and his chain for his record label Nappy Boy Entertainment outside of his green room backstage at the Fader Fort where he headlines as a special guest later that night performing over 40 songs in one hour in Austin, Texas, Friday March 20, 2015.

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Nappy Boy Entertainment

T-Pain, outside of his green room backstage at the Fader Fort, wears a chain representing his record label, Nappy Boy Entertainment.

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T-Pain and his band and entourage in his green room backstage at the Fader Fort where he headlines as a special guest later that night performing over 40 songs in one hour in Austin, Texas, Friday March 20, 2015.

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Green Room

T-Pain, his band and his entourage wait in the green room backstage.

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T-Pain takes the stage at the Fader Fort as the headlining special guest act playing a 42-song set in Austin, Texas, Friday March 20, 2015.

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Live

T-Pain during his 42-song set.

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A cody of the 42-song set list next to en empty bottle of Henessey in T-Pain's green room at the Fader Fort in Austin, Texas, Friday March 20, 2015.

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Level 42

A copy of T-Pain's massive, 42-song set list, next to an empty bottle of Hennessy in the green room.

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T-Pain smiles and laughs as he watches his twitter light up in his green room after his hour long 42-song set at the Fader Fort in Austin, Texas, Friday March 20, 2015.

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Victory

T-Pain smiles and laughs as he watches his Twitter light up.

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T-Pain poses for a portrait while relaxing in his hotel room after a successful performance headlining the Fader Fort in Austin, Texas, Friday March 20, 2015.

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Back to the Hotel, Again

T-Pain, about to take a portrait, after his performance.

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T-Pain asks his assistant to bring a bottle of Hennessy to his room after a successful performance headlining the Fader Fort in Austin, Texas, Friday March 20, 2015.

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Unwinding

T-Pain asks his assistant to bring a bottle of Hennessy to his room after a successful performance.

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