November 19, 2019
The Impact Of T-Pain | Genius News

The Impact Of T-Pain | Genius News

TIA: If the 2000s had a signature sound, much
of it was thanks to T-Pain. TIA: His distinct style was hard to overlook,
not only because of his frequent use of Auto-Tune but also how he blurred the line between rapping
and singing, which established him as one of the most unforgettable figures in music. TIA: Rob Markman sat down with T-Pain on March
19th for the first Genius Level of 2019, to celebrate the legacy of one of the most influential
artists in hip-hop and R&B. ROB: At the end of the day your DNA is kind
of on the biggest artist’s today. T-PAIN: People can say I was listening to
this guy, I wasn’t even listening to you. Yeah but that guy got his shit from me so….. ROB: The DNA is in there. TIA: T-Pain began as a member of the Nappy
Headz, a Tallahassee rap group that gave him his start in hip-hop. T-PAIN: Yeah this ya boy T-Pain aka Teddy
Penderass down representing Tallehoe 8 Mile road to the fullest, dawg. TIA: After a few local hits, T-Pain quickly
signed with Akon’s Konvict Music as a solo act and dropped his debut studio album, ‘Rapper
Ternt Sanga’ in 2005 featuring “I’m Sprung,” which began as a song for Akon. T-PAIN: I showed it to him and at the time
I think he was doing stuff with Jeezy I think he had the “Sole Survivor” joint and stuff
like that so he was on a real super gangster thing at the time so really he was like I
don’t make songs for women, I don’t make songs for girls. It’s not gonna be about a chick. It’s not gonna be nothin. Bring me some gangster shit and I was like cool let me get that CD back real quick? TIA: Since then, T-Pain has had 46 songs on
the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with fifteen Top 10 hits, and three No. 1’s, including
his features on tracks like “Low.” T-PAIN: I feel like when people listen to
a song, you really participate with the parts that sounds like it’s a bunch of people
doing it, because it sounds like it’s supposed to be a crowd and those are the ones you stick
the mic out in the crowd and everyone knows to say that part. TIA: It was on songs like these where T-Pain
established his trademark sound, thanks in part to his generous use of the audio processor,
Auto-Tune. TIA: Auto-Tune gave musicians the ability
to distort and often correct the pitch of an artist’s voice in a song. It had been used before in hip-hop, most notably
Tupac’s 1995 track, “California Love” featuring Roger Troutman, an autotune OG. TIA: But T-Pain took it to the next level. T-PAIN: I can firmly say that nobody’s looked
into AutoTune the way I have. I studied AutoTune two years before I used
it once. And I know it happened too fast after I used
it, niggas just started coming out of nowhere. TIA: But T-Pain’s obsession with Auto-Tuned
vocals was actually inspired by a remix to J. Lo’s 1999 track, “If You Had My Love.” T-PAIN: I heard it on a Jennifer Lopez song
it was a Dark Child remix of “If You Had “If You Had My Love.” And she only used it for a second in the whole
thing. TIA: T-Pain had found the tone he was going
for, and the results were clear. T-PAIN: My first album didn’t have that
much Auto-Tune on it. My second album was full of Auto-Tune. Second album went double platinum. First album still sitting at gold I’m probably
gonna keep doing this one… TIA: But whether or not others in the music
industry wanted to admit it, T-Pain’s new Auto-Tuned sound was heard on a range of other
artist’s projects, including Kanye West’s ‘808s and Heartbreak’ in 2008. T-PAIN: I just helped him out and showed him
what feelings I had making my first album and that kind of just migrated over to ‘808s
and Heartbreak.’ KANYE: If people have a major problem with
Auto-Tune or me singing or me getting my ideas out then that’s too bad. TIA: And then Jay-Z released “Death of Auto-Tune”
in 2009. TIA: Hov wasn’t clowning T-Pain’s
success–he was really telling the singer’s copycats to be more original–the public still
turned on Pain despite so many other artists using his blueprint. T-PAIN: In all honesty just like Kanye said,
he just had a better marketing plan. He said you ain’t market it right is what
happened. I’m like, Hey as long as I got something
to do with it, I’m fine. I know in my heart where all this came from,
man. TIA: But now, nearly ten years later, the
tides have turned and it’s easy to see Pain’s influence on pop music as most rappers have
tried their hand at carrying a digitized note. TIA: We’ve heard everyone from Snoop Dogg… TIA: To Travis Scott… TIA: To Future… TIA: …use some heavy Auto-Tune on their
own tracks. T-PAIN: More and more people started using
it and I was like I’m not gonna stop first, for sure. You’re not about to kick me out of my shit. TIA: But besides the tools he used to distort
his voice, what made T-Pain’s hits even more noticeably different was his ability
to transform from rapper to singer and everything in between. T-PAIN: I switched over to singing because
I didn’t wanna follow the trend I didn’t wanna do what everybody was expecting me to
do I wanted to do my own thing. TIA: Back in 2005,‘Rapper Ternt Sanga,’
gave fans their very first taste of those skills, and jump started his place in music
as an artist who could do both. T-PAIN: Coming from Tallahassee at that time
if you were tryna sing when everybody else was tryna rap you was soft. It was lost on everybody that I wanted to
sing especially looking how I did. TIA: Today in hip-hop, there are countless
artists who blur the line between rapping and singing but T-Pain was undoubtedly one
of the first. TIA: And with such a wide rage of characteristics
that make T-Pain stand out, in the end, he wants to be remembered for one simple thing. T-PAIN: There will be many more of me but I just wanna
be one of them. Just a good person. TIA: For more on T-Pain’s influence, check
out his full Genius Level interview on our YouTube page. TIA: I’m Tia with Genius News bringing you
the meaning and the knowledge behind the music.

100 thoughts on “The Impact Of T-Pain | Genius News

  1. What most people don't realise is that T-Pain is a great singer even without using autotune.
    Listen to the ringleader man from Thr33 Ringz album and you'll know.

  2. Remember when you were a little kid and would sing “Bartender” thru a fan in the summertime 😂 that song is still a banger 12 years later…. 💯

  3. Roger Troutman used a Talk Box not Auto Tune. I plan on doing 2 songs with my Talk Box and then I'm going to retire my Talk Box.

  4. Y’all tripping saying roger troutman used auto tune there is a difference between auto tune the program and the talkbox vocoder used by troutman

  5. Everyone was using it by late 2007/2008. Why everyone bash Pain, Pain was the only one that made sound so good back then.

  6. What’s the point of having different people do these shows if they are going to enunciate the exact same and use the same inflection?

    Just a different face to occasionally see between edits? Lmao

  7. Kanye West has referred to T-Pain in the past as a Genuis🔥 and for him to be featured on Genius as one of the best is sooo dope🔥🔥🔥🔥😘😘😘 He’ll always be my Favorite 💕😘

  8. roger troutman wasn’t autotuned, he’s using a vocoder or talk box. sort of similar sound but very different processing

  9. I remember when everyone used to say he couldn’t sing because the hate of using autotune was so huge and when he got fed up… boy did he prove those people wrong. Always a favorite in my book.

  10. roger troutman never used autotune he used a talk box. So many people always misinformed which is ironic coming from a channel called "Genius" LMFAO

  11. Finally some recognition for T-Pain. Im still mad Ellen said “no you don’t have a distanct voice” dumb hoe😒

  12. T pain was my life soundtrack when I was in the dmv messing with them DMV boys back then. Atleast 13 years ago. I ain’t mad. Thank you

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