T-Pain And Usher Appear To Reconcile On Stage After Auto-Tune Conflict
T-Pain told the singer that "I’m never not gonna love you, bro, trust me.”
June 22, 2021 at 4:44 pm
Update (Nov. 23, 2021): Usher and T-Pain appeared to reconcile on stage on Sunday after the "Buy U a Drank" rapper said the singer had criticized his use of Auto-Tune and said he "f**ked up music for real singers," Complex reports.
While at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta for Dave Chappelle’s show, the two Grammy winners took to the stage, where T-Pain told Usher, “I love you, bro.”
“I’m telling you, we ain’t going through nothing, bro. We ain’t going through a got damn thing,” he said. “It’s all love. In a time when we’re divided the most, we need to be together the most. I love you, bro.”
The “Good Life” singer continued, adding that "I’m never not gonna love you, bro, trust me.”
As Blavity previously mentioned, during Netflix’s This Is Pop docuseries, T-Pain revealed that he endured a period of depression after the exchange with Usher.
During the interview, T-Pain recounted Usher’s words saying, “[Usher] said, ‘I’m gonna tell you something, man. You kinda f****d up music.’”
“Yeah man you really f****d up music for real singers,” he added.
T-Pain was among the numerous celebrities who attended Chappelle’s State Farm Arena show in Atlanta alongside Tiffany Haddish, Tameka "Tiny" Harris of R&B group Xscape and more.
In a clip for Netflix’s newly released seriesThis is Pop, T-Pain, whose real name is Faheem Rasheed Najm, said Usher told him he was ruining modern music by using auto-tune, Entertainment Weekly reported. He said he realized later that the comments contributed to this struggle with his mental health.
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"Usher was my friend," T-Pain said. "I really respect Usher. And he was like, 'Man. I'm gonna tell you something, man. You kinda f**cked up music for real singers.'"
T-Pain said he didn’t know what Usher truly meant at the time and "thought he was joking at first, but then he was like, 'Yeah man you really f**ked up music for real singers.'"
T-Pain said Usher’s comments made him ponder whether he had ruined the music industry, but in his defense said his choice to use auto-tune was a decision he made only for himself.
“I'm like, 'But I used it, I didn't tell everybody else to start using it,'" T-Pain said he told Usher.
Usher has not made a comment regarding the incident after the release of the clip.
"People thought I was using it to sound good. But I was just using it to sound different," he said. "And it turned into a whole stifling thing because it was what I did. You know what I'm saying? It's what I do. And this is my style. I'm not gonna change my style because other people are starting to overuse it. Like, that's just weird."
T-Pain dominated the industry with his use of auto-tune, starting with his 2005 hit “I’m Sprung'' featured on his debut album Rappa Ternt Sanga. According to USA Today, the song made the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His sophomore album in 2007, Epiphany, would reach No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.
Earlier this month 35-year-old recently appeared on Mike Tyson’s Hotboxin’ podcast where he discussed how he discovered auto-tune and the origins of his hit song, "I'm ‘N Luv (Wit a Stripper)," as Blavity previously reported.