T-Pain changed the world forever after introducing the techniques of using auto-tune in music through his debut album, which was released back in 2004. While it was a tool for many artists who didn’t have a singing voice to experiment, it wasn’t for everyone.

In Netflix series This Is Pop, T-Pain reveals that when he received serious criticism of auto-tune from artists and old friends, he felt a bit depressed. In fact, he thought it was a joke in the beginning.

Usher was my friend. I really respect Usher. And he said, ‘I’m gonna tell you something, man. You kinda fucked up music.’

As T-Pain suggested that it was a joke, Usher proceeded to say it once again that it was his fault for inviting auto-tune.

And then he was like, ‘Yeah man you really fucked up music for real singers. I was like, ‘What did I do? I came out and I used Auto-Tune.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, you fucked it up.’ I’m like, ‘But I used it, I didn’t tell everybody else to start using it.’

T-Pain then revealed that because of Usher, whom he considered a great friend in past, he fell into a long period of depression, which lasted for whole 4 years, which is too much.

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.

Usher was not the only one who tried to attack auto-tune. Even Jay-Z stood against the use of auto-tune, and even released an anti auto-tune song on the album The Blueprint 3 titled “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune).”

Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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