On March 19, groundbreaking rapper, singer, and producer T-Pain stopped by Genius for the latest installment of Genius Level, Their live conversation series with icons of the music business, including influential artists, songwriters, producers, and executives. During the conversation with Genius' Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman, T-Pain participated in a retrospective spanning his over decade-long career.

Many things have emerged through T-Pain and his music career following the interviews he made in Genius Level and Rob Markman in Brooklyn, USA.
One of the most surprising things was after T-Pain told about his colabo he made with the world's pop-ups Michael Jackson and the Rnb Usher, Kolabo which was not officially released.

“The song would have been my great song in my life and it has never been out since one person who had let it out illegal and Michael Jackson did not want it again” >> T-Pain said

The song is called “Stop Play”. In addition, T-Pain has made it clear that when he enters the Music industry and joins the Konvict Muzik label under Akon he was signed as a song writer instead of the artist.

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“Most of those features I did back in 2008, and ’09, and ’10, I did all of ’em for free.”


T-Pain explained that he first started using Auto-Tune to make his vocals unique. “I needed something to set myself apart, while still being able to use my harmony and turn my voice into an instrument. Basically, I saw my songs at the time as instrumentals, even with my vocals on it,” he remembered. “I heard it on a Jennifer Lopez song. It was a Dark Child remix of ‘If You Had My Love.’”



The discussion moved on to how T-Pain wrote “All I Do Is Win” with DJ Khaled. “I was like, give me the talk, and he did all that. ‘We got to win, we got to win and this, and this.’ Then I started doing ‘All I do is win, win, win, no matter what,’ and then he kept talking and I was like, ‘Okay, next thing,’” T-Pain said. “Khaled gives you that motivation and Khaled really bigs you up crazy and makes you feel like you’re the best fucking artist in the world when you’re doing this all for him. It definitely helped.”



From there, T-Pain spoke about his involvement with Kanye West’s 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.”



Later on, T-Pain revealed that he didn’t get paid for some of his biggest features. “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.”




Toward the end of the conversation, T-Pain shared his reaction to JAY-Z’s “Death of Auto-Tune” name-drop. “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.”

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