T-Pain recalled an encounter with Usher that changed everything. In a video from the upcoming Netflix series This Is Pop, the musician revealed that he fell into a four-year depression after the “OMG” singer disclosed to him he “f- – ked up music.”
T-pain’s friendship with Usher changer after the comment
The popular rapper recalled that the two musicians established a friendship before the comment was made while on a flight in 2013. “Usher was my companion,” he recalled. “I really regard Usher. And he said, ‘I’m gonna reveal to you something, man. You kinda f- – ked up music.'” Since they were friendly, T-Pain revealed he thought Usher was just joking from the get-go. “I laughed nervously,” he explained. “I didn’t understand, you know?” But, the Masked Singer winner quickly realized his companion’s comment was serious, sharing, “And then, at that point, he resembled, ‘Yeah man you really f- – ked up music for real singers.'”
When the rapper understood the gravity of Usher’s comment, he began to question why he was the one to blame. “I resembled, ‘What did I do? I came out and I used Auto-Tune.’ He resembled, ‘Yeah, you f- – ked it up.’ I’m similar to, ‘But I used it, I didn’t advise every other person to use it.'” T-Pain came on the music scene in 2005 and further popularized the use of the Auto-Tune effect by using it in his music including singles, “I’m Sprung” and “Bartender.” Sadly, it’s significant that the pitch correction effect was first made known with Cher’s 1998 hit, “Believe.”
T-pain further revealed that the interaction between the two artists had a lasting effect on him afterward. “That was the time, and I don’t think I realized this for quite a while,” he shared. “But I am sure that moment started a four-year depression for me.” The Grammy-winning artist details the remainder of his career and other pivotal turning points in the Netflix series.
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