T-Pain Believes He's A Major Influence On Artists Using Auto-Tune

He says he's known he's been "doing the right thing from the jump" & isn't bothered by the "jokes & comments" throughout his career.

BYErika Marie
Timothy Hiatt / Stringer / Getty Images

There was a time when T-Pain was consistently ridiculed for his use of auto-tune. The artist's music has transcended genres as he's drifted through Rap, Hip Hop, Pop, and more, and while many of his singles topped the charts and are considered classics today, T-Pain faced an onslaught of backlash over his sound. Now, you can't listen to a Rap playlist without being confronted with track after track where an artist is utilizing auto-tune to its fullest degree, and T-Pain believes he's influenced the culture.

Timothy Hiatt / Stringer / Getty Images

T-Pain caught up with Black Girl Nerds and said that he's not bothered by the "jokes and comments" about his use of auto-tune because it's been replicated in today's music. "The way that it's spread and the way that everybody's using it now, that lets me know I've been doing the right thing from the beginning, 'cause if I wasn't doing the right thing, nobody else would have done it. Why would you copy something that's bad? I know I've been doing the right thing from the jump."

He was asked if he believes that he was an influence for people to use auto-tune and T-Pain answered, "Absolutely." He added, "It hasn't gone anywhere. It hasn't been any different. And the fact that people are—even newer artists are still using it and people are coming into it and still using it. I knew I was doing the right thing. I needed everybody else to catch on."

The music icon also spoke about his Verzuz with Lil Jon and said that after it was over, his phone wouldn't stop ringing off the hook. Check out T-Pain's full interview with Black Girl Nerds below and revisit his classic hit "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" featuring Yung Joc.

Also, make sure to check out our feature: Auto-Tune In Hip-Hop: A Brief History From T-Pain To Future.

  • Link Copied to Clipboard!
About The Author
Erika Marie is a seasoned journalist, editor, and ghostwriter who works predominantly in the fields of music, spirituality, mental health advocacy, and social activism. The Los Angeles editor, storyteller, and activist has been involved in the behind-the-scenes workings of the entertainment industry for nearly two decades. E.M. attempts to write stories that are compelling while remaining informative and respectful. She's an advocate of lyrical witticism & the power of the pen. Favorites: Motown, New Jack Swing, '90s R&B, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, & Punk; Funk, Soul, Harlem Renaissance Jazz greats, and artists who innovate, not simply replicate.