T-Pain took issue with a Vlad TV interview in which Akon assessed the AutoTune purveyor’s career. The multi-platinum selling singer responded to his former boss’ remarks about him plateauing in the music industry on Wednesday (August 26).

“The very ppl that held me back is tellin y’all how I could’ve been bigger,” T-Pain wrote via Twitter.

He added, “I’m not angry at all. I’ve grown. I’ve learned how to keep moving forward and not look back. Some ppl don’t and that’s ok. They’ll get there at their pace. But I’m no longer gonna to allow my past to determine my future. I’m in control. See y’all on the brighter side. Love y’all.”

T-Pain signed with Akon’s Konvict Muzik in 2005 for the release of his debut album Rappa Ternt Sanga. He released four more albums through the imprint before dropping 2019’s 1Up. The project marked the first LP that Pain didn’t release under Akon’s label.

In an interview with DJ Vlad, Akon claimed T-Pain’s success in music stalled because the Tallahassee native didn’t try to expand into other genres.

“T-Pain never left the hood,” Akon said. “He just confined his music to urban music. ‘Cause I saw T-Pain as another me to be able to cross outside of urban, go into pop, go into EDM, go into Latin. I still think to this day he could do it. I would enter through the Latin side today though because he could definitely do it. But that was the only reason [he didn’t].”

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He continued, “Urban audiences aren’t loyal. Every year there’s a new nigga. So, you gotta take full advantage, maximize your urban presence and then right as that new side nigga coming, you exit. Give him his space. ‘Cause if not, that’s just how it is. And some people try so hard to hold on, but Hip Hop is a sticker and mover. It don’t stick around long enough unless you continue to reinvent yourself.”

Listen to what Akon had to say about T-Pain below.