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The Sadness of T-Pain

Posted by - 05:59 AM on 03/07/14
T-Pain, the much maligned auto-tune singer who had so many massive hits in the mid 00s, has a new profile in the New Yorker that takes a look at how he felt when everyone started to treat him as a joke. The nastiest bit is that Kanye West, who had called T-Pain in to consult on 808s and Heartbreak, wrote a song during those sessions essentially calling every idea T-Pain had garbage. It's an interesting, short piece, and one that I highly recommend.
But what has made T-Pain most resentful since his fall from the top was seeing certain artists use Auto-Tune and not get criticized; rather, they were celebrated as innovators in a way that T-Pain never was. Chief among these were Kanye West, who employed Auto-Tune to great acclaim on his 2008 album, “808s and Heartbreaks,” and, more recently, the Atlanta-based rapper/singer Future, whose use of Auto-Tune has won him the adoration of critics as well as incredible success on the charts.

In an interview this past January with Vladimir Lyubovny, a d.j. whose popular YouTube channel VladTV is sort of like rap’s “Larry King Live,” T-Pain talked about being brought in as a consultant during the recording of “808s and Heartbreaks.” At one point during the session, Kanye wrote a song about how dumb all of T-Pain’s ideas were. He then proceeded, T-Pain said, to make “everybody in the studio join in with him to sing, like, ‘T-Pain’s shit is weak.’ ”
 
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06:12 AM on 03/07/14
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ha.. i remember getting the call saying i was going to engineer 808s, but they moved over to glennwood instead and another friend got the gig. that tpain burn would have made for a good story, if its even true..
06:24 AM on 03/07/14
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Kanye being a complete and total asshole? Does not compute.
06:33 AM on 03/07/14
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There's a difference when Kanye is singing about heartbreak and losing his mom with atuo-tune and running scales with the effect when he performs Runaway and when T-Pain is singing he's gonna buy you a drank and " we in the bed like ooh, ooh, ooh"


To me T-Pain made a mockery of auto-tune, himself
06:42 AM on 03/07/14
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Soo... He made a ton of money being a "singer" that doesn't actually have to sing and we are supposed to feel bad for him? Boo fucking hoo. Guys garbage.
06:48 AM on 03/07/14
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My favorite song by him is "Church" and it doesn't even have the "T-Pain" auto runs on it
06:49 AM on 03/07/14
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Isn't it a known thing that Kanye is extremely honest about people's ideas in the studio?

Regardless, I'm sure this is a good read. About to begin.
06:56 AM on 03/07/14
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Jay z killed tpains career with death of auto tune track
06:59 AM on 03/07/14
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Jay-Z killed his own career by forgetting how to rap properly.
07:06 AM on 03/07/14
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Good Life is such a good song tho
07:06 AM on 03/07/14
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I feel his t pain
07:06 AM on 03/07/14
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Up Down is so damn catchy
07:09 AM on 03/07/14
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Good read. I sympathize with him to an extent.
07:10 AM on 03/07/14
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I laughed way too hard at this
07:10 AM on 03/07/14
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but t-pain is wack?

its a dick thing that kanye did tho.

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