T-Pain is a hip hop, R&B singer-songwriter and producer known for his use of auto-tune and for collaborating on like every song on...

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Musicians are forever pushing the envelope, honing their crafts, stretching their limits.

Or they're just trying to get as many #1 hits as possible in order to sell more records and make more money to buy big cribs with multi-car garages and basketball courts in the basement.

To that end, artists frequently collaborate with other artists to experiment with style and sound. Sometimes they cross the genre lines and what results is... unexpected. 

Nearly an entire season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta was dedicated to Kandi Burruss' quest for songwriting credits in Country music and she teamed up with Sara Evans to make it happen.

Some of these collaborations are wildly more successful than others, but when rap meets country or when pop meets metal, it feels weird. So weird it's good.

Here are 11 weird musical collaborations that totally work. Get ready to groove!

Katy Perry and Juicy J - Dark Horse
Academy Award winner Juicy J's inclusion on Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" made the song sure to be a hit instead of a, well, dark horse.

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What's in a name? As it turns out, maybe everything.

Since Shakespeare first posited the question in Romeo and Juliet, actors have been using fake names to land professional roles. Not only did it allow them some semblance of privacy before the dawn of Wikipedia, but let's face it, some people just aren't born with great names.

Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor? Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta? Quite a mouthful.

If an actor or musician's entire career is dedicated to being someone else - a character or personality, perhaps - then a good stage name can go a long way to making that career explode.

More celebrities use pseudonyms than you might think. In fact, here are 67 stars who don't use their real names. Which ones did you know before viewing this gallery?

Lorde
Musical sensation Lorde was given the name Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor at birth. We'd probably go with Lorde, too.

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Things T-Pain likes: Big ass chains, outrageous hats, tattoos auto-tune.

Things T-Pain doesn't care for: Homophobic morons on social media.

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The rapper/singer made a statement to that effect on Twitter this week, calling out people for anti-gay sentiments in an apparent defense of his assistant.

"Attention homophobic idiots: if you're not attractive to straight women, you're probably not attractive to gay men. You can unclench now," T-Pain wrote.

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You're off the hook, Gucci Mane. You no longer possess the most ridiculous tattoo in the history of mankind.

Incredibly, T-Pain has topped that rapper face-scarring ice cream cone by getting a permanent reminder of Facebook on his body. We wish we were making this up, but the artist recently returned from Hawaii with the following tattoo.

T-Pain Tattoo

Tweeted T-Pain: I get a tatt every time I come to Hawaii. I think ones pretty sweet, unless facebook shuts down.

Right. That's the only thing that would not make it sweet, dude.

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Taylor Swift teamed up with T-Pain for a funny rap collaboration called “Thug Story,” spoofing her hit song “Love Story” and kicking off the 2009 CMT awards.

One of country music's biggest (and least controversial) stars may have gone gangsta, but she still has fun with her own squeaky-clean image with lines like:

  • “You can find me baking cookies at night. You out clubbin’? But I just made caramel delights!”
  • “You don’t wanna fight me ... in my extra-small white T.”
  • “You can call me T-Sweezy.”

There's even a shout-out to T-Pain's hilarious collaboration with Andy Samberg on SNL, "I'm on a Boat." Check out T-Swizzle and T-Pizzle gettin' thugged out:

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When Andy Samberg wins a prize from a cereal box for a boat trip for three, he obviously selects himself, his BFF Akiva Schaffer ... and rapper T-Pain.

The trio then proceeds to sing a highly aggressive, profane rap song about livin' large, rollin' like P-I-M-P-S and, well, sailing on a m@therf*%kin' boat.

It all makes for yet another hilarious Saturday Night Live Digital Short.

NOTE: Much like another memorable recent Digital Short, in which Andy had issues in his pants, the lyrics are extremely vulgar and may not be suitable for all readers.

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