T-Pain Discusses Depression After Remarks from Usher

T-Pain Discusses Depression After Remarks from Usher

In an eight-part Netflix docuseries, This Is Pop, T-Pain discusses depression after criticism from fellow platinum recording artist, Usher.


Jun. 22 2021, Published 9:02 p.m. ET

T-Pain discusses depression after remarks from Usher. In an eight-part series called, This Is Pop, airing tonight June 22 on Netflix – including Shania Twain, Chuck D, Backstreet Boys, Orville Peck, ABBA, and a class of stars – artists share their experiences and different opinions of the definition of pop music.

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In a preview snippet featuring an interview with T-Pain, he shares a story about him and platinum-recording artist Usher on a plane. In an emotional session, T-Pain exhales, hesitates, and fights tears before he gathers himself. As he continues, Pain tells the time he was traveling first class to the 2013 BET Awards when a flight attendant woke him and told him Usher wanted to speak with him in the back of the plane.

There, Usher quietly vents to T-Pain about his contributions to the music industry and his signature, popularized use of Auto-Tune. Caught off guard, T-Pain listens to [his friend] Usher tell him how he “fucked up music for real singers” – sparking disappointment and depression for the “rappa ternt sanga“.

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“I got up and went back and was like ‘How’s everything going?’ Quick small talk, no big deal. He was like ‘I want to tell you something, man.’ I was like, ‘What’s good?’ He sounded real concerned. He was like, ‘Man, you kinda fucked up music.’ I didn’t understand. Usher was my friend. He was like, ‘Nah, man, you really fucked up music for real singers.’ Literally, at that point, I couldn’t listen. Is he right? Did I fuck this up? Did I fuck up music? That is the very moment — I don’t think I even realized this for a long time — that’s the very moment that started a four-year depression for me,” T-Pain says.

Though T-Pain is not the first artist to use Auto-Tune, he is highly credited as the leader of the sound wave. When he fell off the music scene in the late 2000s, T-Pain left fans questioning where he went and why he left to begin with. This Is Pop is the first time T-Pain shares the exact moment that led to his disappearing act in front of the mic.

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