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. Remember when you were a little kid and would sing โ€œBartenderโ€ thru a fan in the summertime ๐Ÿ˜‚ that song is still a banger 12 years later…. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

  2. T โ€ข PAIN NEEDS TO DIE .

  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. Yโ€™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. Whatโ€™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 Genuis๐Ÿ”ฅ and for him to be featured on Genius as one of the best is sooo dope๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜ Heโ€™ll always be my Favorite ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜˜

  8. roger troutman wasnโ€™t autotuned, heโ€™s using a vocoder or talk box. sort of similar sound but very different processing

  9. I remember when everyone used to say he couldnโ€™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 โ€œno you donโ€™t have a distanct voiceโ€ dumb hoe๐Ÿ˜’

  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 ainโ€™t mad. Thank you

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