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Chopped and screwed.
T-Pain made a revelation during a recent installment of Genius Level with host Rob Markman.
In the interview, the rapper, producer, and singer-songwriter opened up about his experiences working on collaborations throughout his decade-long career.
At one point he says he didn’t get paid for most of his feature verses and appearances from 2008 through 2010.
The reflection followed Markman’s examination of his line, “I made a whole career off me having to save niggas / Then they turn they back on me and I forgave niggas,” off his new song, “Goat Talk.”
“Most of those features I did back in 2008, and ’09, and ’10, I did all of ’em for free,” he said. “I was the music Jesus; you wanna get saved? Come to the Church of T-Pain and I’ll slam a hook on there and make sure you’re good for at least three more years.”
He continued, “I did all of ‘em for free and all I wanted you to do was get back on my shit, that’s it. I just wanted an even swap, ’cause I was going to charge you just as much as you charge me,” he explained. “Then nothing was reciprocated, you know what I’m saying? But, even if I got somebody to even try to be on the song, they would come back and charge.”
T-Pain wrote the 2010 hit “All I Do Is Win” with DJ Khaled, and worked on Kanye West’s seminal 808s & Heartbreak.
“I was in there helping with a lot of 808s. He said he wanted that sound from my first album,” T-Pain said. “I brought all the stuff that I used to make my first album, which was pretty much just fucking Garage Band… [and] showed him what vibes or what feelings I had making my first album.”
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T-Pain also talked about his reaction to JAY-Z infamously namedropping him in “Death of Auto-Tune.”
“I didn’t even know he said my name in the song. I was just so shocked, ‘What the fuck?’ Once I sat down and listened to it, I was like, ‘Oh. Oh, he’s talking about rappers,’” he said. “It affected the shit out of me… I was actually planning on getting ghost for a while, so it was already in place for me to do that, but at the same time when that song happened, it happened two months before we were planning to do it, and it just seemed like I disappeared because of the song.”
Watch the full interview here.
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