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T-Pain Adorably Applauded This Teen For Actually Using A Senior Quote He Jokingly Gave Him

T-Pain is the COAT (cutest of all time) for this one.

Posted on June 9, 2017, at 12:16 p.m. ET

This is 17-year-old high school senior Gabriel Silvan from Covington, Washington, who will be graduating next week. He's also a huge T-Pain fan.

Gabriel Silvan
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"I have been a fan of [the singer] since around 2007 because my older sister gave me her old MP3 and it had a couple of his songs on it," Silvan told BuzzFeed News.

In December last year, Silvan decided he'd shoot his shot with T-Pain by tweeting at him, asking for a senior quote.

@TPAIN give me a senior quote please:)

One day later, T-Pain actually responded to the request — and came strapped with a quote. "People don't think it be like it be, but it do," the singer wrote.

@GxbrielSilvxn “people don't think it be like it be, but it do.”

The quote is one widely recognized by the internet. It was supposedly once said by former Major League Baseball player Oscar Gamble.

Silvan was shook. "I woke up in the morning to it and I was definitely wide awake after I had seen it," he recalled. "It was awesome."


Since December, Silvan has had that response from T-Pain proudly pinned to the top of his Twitter account.

Gabriel Silvan

And six months later, he was finally able to see this whole random and endearing exchange through. The Oscar Gamble quote was published in the yearbook underneath Silvan's school photo this week, attributed to T-Pain. Silvan then tweeted the proof to T-Pain.

Within three literal minutes, T-Pain responded. The singer seemed extremely amused by all of it. "Man. This. This is the kind of shit I live for," he wrote. "You did it, bro. Killed it. Good job man."

@GxbrielSilvxn Man. This. This is the kind of shit I live for 😂 you did it bro. Killed it. Good job man 👏🏿 ........…

"It felt super personal that one of my favorite music artists reached out to me, not once, but twice," Silvan said.


His tweet summarizing the whole thing (shared from another account) has gone viral. And a lot of people online think this represents the best and most pure form of social media.

The internet is just the best


And the best and most pure form of T-Pain.

The depth of T-Pain is truly remarkable

T-Pain is the best

"It felt like he was kind of waiting to see if I was gonna do it — to see I wasn't just trying to get a celebrity to notice me," Silvan added. I guess people don't think it be like it be, but it do.

Gabriel Silvan

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