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T-Pain wowed audiences as the winner of “The Masked Singer” Season 1, but he’s had a hard time keeping up with the current season and for good reasons: his sleep schedule is off and he’s been playing a ton of “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” on Nintendo Switch, the video game where users build up their virtual island societies while it plays out in real time.

“‘Animal Crossing’ starts over at 5 a.m. It just makes more sense if I wait for my new rooms in my house to get built. So, I’ve been just staying up a lot and that just turns into me taking care of the village. I notice it’s 7 o’ clock [in the morning] and try to force myself to go to sleep,” he said. 

The rapper/singer joined “Variety Live!” to give a tour of his home studio and gaming rooms, how he and Lil’ Jon plan to take their Verzuz Instagram live battle on the road and why he’s changing his (auto)tune on his previous thoughts about the mainstream music industry.