T-Pain has shared an unfathomable story about the making of “Bartender” and how the session ended with him saving the life of a man in distress.
The “Buy U A Drank” artist joined Steve-O’s Wild Ride! podcast in August 2021 where he told the insane story about how he cheered up a 70-something-year-old man who was getting ready to take his own life after learning his wife died hours earlier while at a Jamaican resort.
The viral heartwarming clip has resurfaced and is making its way around the internet once again about a year-and-a-half after its original release.
“I offered him a drink,” T-Pain explains in the clip. “I was like, ‘Man, let’s have some fun. Not trolling or fucking with people. His name was Bob. Fucked around with Bob and he was like, ‘That police tape back there is because my wife just died in the hotel.’ He said, ‘I was at the bar taking my last drink.’ He was gonna kill himself.
“He was like, ‘The way you came up here and showed me love and just had fun with me, you and your friend.’ And I still talk to him to this day … He was just looking down, I was like, ‘Dude, what are you doing? Get up!”
The Florida native explained that he had just come from recording “Bartender” at the resort using whatever equipment he could find, and added that he still keeps in contact with Bob to this day.
“I been talking to him ever since,” T-Pain continued. “The song ‘Bartender’ was made during that and all that shit happened after. Bob, I love you brother.”
“Bartender” arrived in June 2007 featuring an assist from Akon and is currently 4x platinum. The Grammy-nominated smash inspired by a bartender at the Jamaican resort peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In other T-Pain news, he’s gearing up to unleash a covers album fittingly titled On Top of the Covers which drops on March 17. The 38-year-old will trade AutoTune for his natural singing voice.
He wants to surprise fans with a versatile array of covers ranging from Sam Cooke, Sam Smith and Journey to Chris Stapleton and Black Sabbath. He’s also inviting his Nappy Boy label signee NandoSTL to duet with him on a cover of Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life.”
“You’ve been asking for it and here ya go bro,” he wrote. “A T-Pain cover album to end all cover albums…..from T-Pain. ‘On Top Of The Covers’ dropping March 17th alongside an intimate set of shows. More on that later tho … so stay tuned for more updates.”
The covers project has been years in the making, dating back to when T-Pain won The Masked Singer in early 2019 where he covered songs from the likes of Montell Jordan, Joan Jett, and Sam Smith.