T-Pain’s heavy use of Auto—sound in his debut 2004 tracks revolutionized the music production landscape. Auto-tune gave a big boost to artists with poor vocals as the software could fine tune their sound to a consumable enticing melodic. But the idea was not welcomed by everyone, especially musicians. And T-pain was the one to carry all the blame. He was among the few artists who successfully used the Auto-Technology first and so many established artists this was giving them an easy time in the industry. Specifically, T-pain spoke of how Usher took a heavy blame on the use of Auto-tune. Usher claimed T-Pain messed up the music industry. Usher was T-pains friend and so he took the blame seriously and this could lead to a four-year long battle with depression. In an exclusive interview with a yet to be released Netflix series This is pop, T-pain explain how he found himself into deep depression after Ushers remarks that he is solely responsible for the damages cause by Auto-tune.
“Usher was my friend,” T-Pain said in the clip. “I really respect Usher. And he said, ‘I’m gonna tell you something, man. You kinda fucked up music.’” He further added that he initially he wasn’t very serious with the alteration but he took it serious when Usher repeated the same words toward him. Usher told him again that he really fucked up music for real singers. T-Pain went ahead to ask him what has he done because he only used the new technology and he didn’t tell anyone to use it. According to T-Pain, this words landed heavy on him, they affected him emotionally and before he realized, he had long suffered from depression. T-Pain explained, “That is the very moment, and I don’t even think I realized this for a long time, but that’s the very moment that started a four-year depression for me.”
However, Usher was not the only artist who felt so, in the ‘Blueprint 3’ Album, JAYZ did a track titled, “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune).” The track was aimed at criticizing the over use of the technology which labeled T-pain as the major culprit.