There is no denying that when T-Pain dropped in the mid-2000s, he definitely changed up the game for everyone, specifically with his distinct use of autotune. While Pain was met with much skepticism and dismissal by fellow peers, you may recall releases like Jay-Z’s “D.O.A.” which took jabs at the industry’s overuse of autotune, music critics, and more, the Tallahassee native had certified hits!
The “Buy U A Drank” singer recently interviewed with Netflix’s docuseries ‘This Is Pop‘, where he openly discussed how his musical peer, Usher, triggered a four-year-long battle with depression. Detailing the 2013 incident, Pain explains that he and Usher and a number of artists were all on a flight, headed to the BET Awards when he was awakened to news that Usher wanted to speak with him.
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What started as small talk, Pain goes on to detail how Usher blamed him for the state of music. “I didn’t understand. Usher was my friend. He was like, ‘You really, like, f*cked up music for real singers,'” says Pain. He continues, “Literally, at that point, I couldn’t listen. Is he right? Did I fuck up music? And that is the very moment — and I don’t think I realized this for a long time. That’s the very moment that started a four-year depression for me.”
Since the viral clip has been seen by everyone, many fans have come to Pain’s defense stating that he might have revolutionized music as many artists today use elements of autotune in their music.
I hate how the world did T-Pain. pic.twitter.com/6Ib9dzHTjY
— FKA Carly Beth (@LoggingInIsBad) June 21, 2021
Much respect for T-Pain, who regularly reveals all the random famous people who dissed him in private like Usher, Kanye (made people sing “T-Pain’s shit is weak” in front of him in the studio) and Future’s brother (dissed T-Pain at a Thanksgiving fundraiser). https://t.co/ESdDUZAyZx
— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) June 22, 2021
T-Pain is one of the nicest most genuine people I’ve met and everyone at Adult Swim loves him, he’s family. Usher, Jay Z, Kanye, and Future (among many others) owe him an apology. He’s a pioneer and they weren’t ready. That’s on THEM. https://t.co/XpCrHWHGxz
— SPIRAL CURSE DEMARCO (@Clarknova1) June 22, 2021
the music business owes T-Pain an apology
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) June 21, 2021
T-Pain has since taken to social media to address the story and explains that he still has love for Usher.
I still love and respect @Usher telling that story was in no way meant to disrespect that man. Ppl talk shit about me 24/7 but when it comes from someone you truly respect it hits very different. I never said f*ck Ursh it was a drop in the ocean of shit I was already goin through
— T-Pain (@TPAIN) June 22, 2021