T-Pain Says He Felt Unappreciated Following Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak"

T-Pain recalls meeting the creator of Auto-Tune, says no one has researched Auto-Tune like he has.

Among the plethora of artists Chicago rapper Kanye West recruited while working on his 808s & Heartbreak album years ago was Tallahassee, Florida singer/rapper T-Pain. And during a recent interview with Vlad TV, T-Pain recalled working with Kanye on his fourth studio album while in Hawaii.

According to T-Pain, Kanye expressed his appreciation for his debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga and even referred to the Floridian musician as a “genius” for his work on the LP.

“The crazy thing was I worked on 808s & Heartbreak with Kanye,” T-Pain said. “I went down to Hawaii for like 10 days with that nigga. You know what I’m saying? And Kanye actually told me himself. My album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, he said ‘I listened to your album Rappa Ternt Sanga. I heard all the songs. I fuckin love your album Rappa Ternt Sanga. I think you a genius. Blah blah blah.’ He went through this whole spiel. He said, ‘But what I figured out that Rappa Ternt Sanga is just a bunch of love songs with a shit load of base in em.’ And I’m like ‘Well, love songs is like heartbreaks and the shit load of bass is the 808s. So, you calling your album 808s & Heartbreak because you making a bunch of love songs with a shit load of bass in ‘em?’ And he basically was like ‘Yeah, pretty much.’”

T-Pain says the similarities between Rappa Ternt Sanga and 808s & Heartbreak and the lack of credit he received as the originator of the Auto-Tune technique once Ye’s album was released left him feeling unappreciated.

“I respect that shit, but it’s like the praise that he got from it was like ‘Oh my God, this is so creative. This is the new shit. This is the shit,’” he said. “And I’m like ‘Well, what happened in 2005 when I dropped Rappa Ternt Sanga and it was the same album. That’s kind of weird.’ You know what I’m saying. It just felt like I was unappreciated and anything like that. Any originator of anything is gonna be the lesser known because it’s the newest thing and that’s just not—it’s not right, but that’s just how shit goes.”

With the release of his debut album and singles including “I’m Sprung” and "I'm 'n Luv (Wit a Stripper),” T-Pain became one of the first mainstream acts to rely heavily on the use Auto-Tune in his music. T-Pain’s work with Auto-Tune ultimately resulted in the singer/rapper being recruited for 808s & Heartbreak towards the end of the project.

Last year, T-Pain criticized fellow artist Future for his use of Auto-Tune, stating that the Atlanta rapper doesn’t understand “the technology very well.” He circled back to the comments he made in regards to Future during his interview with Vlad TV and revealed that no one has spent as much time researching Auto-Tune as he has.

“I can firmly say that nobody has looked into Auto-Tune the way I have,” T-Pain said. “You know what I’m saying? I’ve looked into Auto-Tune. I literally met the inventor of Auto-Tune. I talked to him about the way that Auto-Tune was invented. Auto-Tune was invented by this guy who used to be an oil digger. This guy used to work on an oil rig and they used to send sonar signals and tones down on the ground and if it came back a different tone up to where your equipment was then that means that determines if you got oil or not…He used that same math to make Auto-Tune. And it’s like you send the tone into Pro Tools and it sends you the right tone back. And a lot of math went into that shit…I really studied this shit and I know for a fact that nobody has sat down in the studio and studied this shit that much.”

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  • Dieter Morgan

    I get where hes coming from as far as being underrated and unrecognized for his contributions. T-Pain dose auto tune better than anyone including Kanye and Future. BUT Rappa Ternt Sanga sounds nothing like 808's & Heartbreak. The albums are alike in concept onlythey both have auto tune and lots of bass thats pretty much where the similarity ends. Considering he worked with him on 808s Kanye should have credited T-Pain on the album.

  • Leon

    ...OTHER THAN ROGER AND ZAPP, you mean. Who is this guy???! He's acting like he is the first out the gate to use auto-tune. He's only RE-USING auto-tune... plus, Roger & Zapp have MAD classics that will probably outlast any T-Pain joint...

  • Anonymous

    fuckin cher used autotune like 15 years before this dude ever touched an 808

  • Anonymous

    auto tune was definitely not created tpain lol

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  • WILL

    Yo, this makes t-pain just look salty bruh lol. And for him to compare his album to 808s is a got damn shame. T-pain USED to be poppin tho...and he did bring that auto-tune shit to the mainstream and made it popular, but he fell off. Plain and simple. You did the most research on auto-tune? nigga so what. Obviously not enough since you're not poppin anymore and other cats using auto-tune are. All i'm saying is make good music...I think part of the reason why he was poppin back in the day was because NOBODY was doing that shit, but now that everybodys using it(and doing it better, making bigger hits) you feel underappreciated?? lol shut the hell up.

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  • Anonymous

    A lot of people use auto tune. Regardless who did it first, it's fair game. You still have to make good songs, and make sure the auto tune compliments it instead of ruining it. What worked for T Pain before isn't necessarily going to work now. Create a new sound.

  • Anonymous

    kanye jacked his style

  • BasedGOD

    How you gonna steal auto-tune from somebody then complain about it cuz someone jacked you for it? Come on man

  • Jay

    t-pain aint loosin his format still being used today

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  • dc

    Kanye stay losin.... Now he looks like the biggest emo dick rider/biter.

  • Chi-Ill

    This nikka still crying?!

  • Tina

    Buh huh, go crying into a corner. Not saying some of this isn't true but why do people who don't make money always gotta hate on people who do make money? Kanye is who he is. Sucks for you you didn't know it at the time. 808s and Heartbreak is a Genius album whereas your stuff has always been mediocre at best. I am not even a Kanye fan I'm just tired of artists who once were of always complaining.

    • Anonymous

      Stop playing like you didn't like TPain when he was poppin out there. You probably was telling people who didn't like TPain that they're haters cuz he making money they wasn't.

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  • jive

    Autotune did not kill hiphop. Zapp & Rogger and T-Pain are the only ones that made autotune that made it pleasing. They're the only ones that should get a pass for using that sh*t.

    • Sorry

      Sorry man, but Roger and Zapp didn't actually use Autotune. Autotune is a digital software. What Roger and Zapp used was the vocoder if you listen to the two side by side its actually a different sound no to mention that the vocoder requires more skill.

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  • luuuc

    I can sympathize with T-Pain here. He is a big joke. But on the other hand, Kanye is a HUGE joke. Poor guy is just envious.

  • bob

    well tpain better than future at it

  • Will $teel

    Kanye been dropping classic after classic so who the fuck cares what dis ni66er gotta say feel me???? These "nigs" smfh....

    • -

      Bill Steel such a herb

    • Will $teel

      i kno my name is g as fuck n all but find ur own name faggot stop tryin 2 trash mine wit that shit. Id go curt cobaine n blow my own brains out b4 i ever called ANY kanye song a "classic." fuck outta here wit that wack shit. U got no life, keep jerkin off 2 ur kanye posters faggot

  • A Trillionaire

    I thought it was common knowledge that T-Pain was a joke? He seems to be taking himself seriously here.


    I can see T-Pain's point of view. He studied and researched the program immensely, was able to use the tool and enhance his voice (although, he didn't really need to, as he could already sing, really good I might add...lol)was able to profit from it a a substantial high rate and although he was initially given credit early on, feels many have forgotten about him. I'd be a lil' pissed too...lol Follow Endless Ambition Streetwear. Urban wear for those who grind nonstop and want more out of life. IG: @endlessambition_streetwear @kingstutter Twitter: @Gwillisjr89 @EA_StreetWear @Kongo4488 Blog: eastreetwear.blogspot.com

  • Will $teel

    Have all of Kanyes physical albums and all i can say is TPain start taking note... brb about to go bump YEEZUS

    • Desperado

      @ --: u do realize that u r talkin shit over the net also? U sound like the HOMO. Talkin shit at some1 for talkin shit. Get real u hypocrit. Do u realize how retarded u sound?

    • --

      Will $teel you sound soooo hard wit your key clickin ass, get real bro you put the HO in HOMO

    • Will $teel

      lol u da same dude who posted under LOLOL cuz u said "welp" earlier n "peepz" now. Hey lil white school girl no real mufucka listens to dat kanye garbage get da fuck outta here. come 2 da 989 n catch dis fade fuck boi

    • Will $teel

      haha who does this guy think he is trying to be me???? im the coolest Will $teel ever! omg peepz r so lame!!! :( :/

    • Will $teel

      u seriously have no life 2 b copyin my name just so it looks like kanye has fans. lol dickriders who have no mind of their own.

  • GOOD

    These "nigs" will never understand the true talent that is Kanye West enough said. YEEZY THE GOAT People responding, thats strait no worries i dont read the comments but you will all read this: KANYE THE GOAT

  • DE

    Well its obvious, Kanyes a genius. Its so funny to hear everyone hate on this and hate on that...same ones bumpin it in their whip!!! or actually ipods cuz i know a lot of these "nigs" dont have cards

    • Ok Mayne

      U lost me when u said Plies

    • Desperado

      lol ur name is Yeezydagod u never had credibility 2 start wit. Like i care what yall mainstream rap fans like. I was talkin bout RIDIN music n Plies is PERFECT fo that shit. all his music fuckin BANGS. u must not have 15s in ya whip like i do. fuckin lame

    • YeezyTheGod

      Desperado you mentioned Plies. Now Getthefuckouttaherewiththatbs. plies is crap u just lost all credibility

    • Desperado

      i have never bumped Ye in my whip. n yes i hate on some1 who str8 up steals other ppls style and have become corporate sell out. The shit i bump in my whip is that Lil Boosie, Z-Ro, Raider Klan, Plies. U kno dat RIDIN music not that COMMERCIAL TRASH

  • Anonymous

    Cher used autotune before t-pain. so actually he should be praising Cher. Which also makes autotune incredibly GAY!!!!

  • Anonymous

    fuck auto-tune, that shit ruined hiphop for a while

  • LOL

    KANYE IS THE GOAT Kanye a genius. period

    • Will $teel

      what u butthurt cuz i said kanyes music is fo lil white girls? or was it cuz i said his n jay-zs album was trash. yall mainstream rap fans crack me up

    • Anonymous

      lol Will you seem like a faggot

    • Will $teel

      @ da dude pretendin 2 b me. His full last 3 albums, all trash, even that fake industry shit wit Jay-Z. n its obvious u r the only 1 on here who likes kanye, just postin under different names so ye can pretend like he still has non brain washed fans

    • Will $teel

      Name 1 bad Kanye song??? Ill WAIT YOU CANT LOLOLOLOLOL

    • Will $teel

      bahhahaha Kanye stans r 2 much. Kanye is a copper period. I guess its difficult to think wit ye's dick in ur mouth

  • Jerry

    You know your whack and have no talent when you start taking credit for popularizing auto-tune

    • Desperado

      I am by NO MEANS a T-Pain fan but to say he didnt popularize it, at least in modern music, is just flat out ignorant. U must b butt hurt cuz ur musical idol kanye isnt creative and needs to steal other peoples style.

  • jdm00

    shoutout to roger troutman...

  • Anonymous

    How long until T-Pain releases an apology song and how much he loves Kanye?

  • griz

    fuckin crybaby. nobody cares.

  • who the fuck edits this

    But what I figured out that Rappa Ternt Sanga is just a bunch of love songs with a shit load of base in em. A SHITLOAD OF BASE? With the release of his debut album and singles including Im Spring IM SPRING!?!??!?!!?! T-Pain says the similarities between Rappa Ternt Sanga and 808s & Heartbreak and the lack of credit he received as the originator of the Auto-Tune technique once Yes album was released left him feeling unappreciated. nice fucking run on sentence you retard

  • EvenOdd

    LOL He is clearly trashed in the video

  • Hollywood the God

    this cat hella funny

  • Hollywood the God

    tpain is musically talented...you can tell by the way he writes songs..i dont really like autotune but he doing his thang check out makesensedontit.com for that real hiphop, awareness, news, sports, comedy, all that makesensedontit.com

  • jg

    Auto-tune is ultimately just some tool that makes your voice sound funny. 808s is a classic and an unforgettable album, nevermind the fact that those of you who can't absorb anything that isn't traditional hiphop will hate on it. The album's where Yeezy steps away from traditional rap and goes into new boundaries (808s & Yeezus) are classic albums that tell a story about that point in time. You forget that in 2008 Kanye had essentially just become one of the biggest names in the music industry, broke-up with his girl, AND HIS MOM DIED. All those life changes are expressed there and if you sit down and listen to it you get the full spectrum of everything he's going through.

    • Desperado

      I feel ya though....Kanye be making nothing but them classics!!! GOOD music forever

    • 788

      hAHAHAHAHAHAHA only high school girls listen to that trash???? man i guess i gotta give a shout out to those high school girls for helping him go multi-platinum!!! YEEZY IS THE GOAT NO LIEEEEEEEE

    • Desperado

      whats embarrassing is u usin the word "welp." only white high school girls use that word dude, u must think like 1. As a matter of fact, u DO think just like 1 bcuz u r a Kanye fan n only high school girls listen to that trash.

    • Will $teel

      well kanye was the 1 who asked purrp for a beat. n just bcuz u constantly post "kanye is the goat" do u think that makes people believe it? or better yet do u think anyone actually gives a flyin fuck?

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    • TheRealness

      808s is a classic. LMAO that **** is wack. No i'm not a hater this is my opinion i'm not a "yes man" type of N****.

    • Desperado

      Kanye will forever b known in the hiphop community as 1 of the biggest "coppers" of all time. Only ignorant fans call 808s & Heartbreak as well as Yeezus creative. As T-Pain stated he basically copped his whole album. Thats not creative. As for Yeezus, Kanye did the SAME exact thing to SpaceGhostPurrp. Asked him for a beat, told him how much he loved his work, then copped his entire beat STYLE. Only pop fans who only listen to what is forced down their throat think Kanye is creative.

  • jive

    No one does auto tune like T-Pain

  • RealTalk

    T-pain needn't worry because 808s is a piece of crap.

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