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T-Pain says Usher’s remarks to him about wrecking music business with Auto-Tune led to depression

T-Pain says Usher’s remarks to him about wrecking the music industry with Auto-Tune led to four years of depression

T-Pain said he dealt with four years of depression after Usher told him that his use of Auto-Tune had ‘f***ed up music.’

The I’m ‘n Luv (Wit a Stripper) artist, 35, speaking on the Netflix show This Is Pop, opened up about the emotional reaction to his peer’s criticism, according to EW

‘Usher was my friend,’ the I’m Sprung rapper said. ‘I really respect Usher. And he said, “I’m gonna tell you something, man. You kinda f***ed up music.”’

Usher was seen at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards last month in LA

The latest: T-Pain, 35, said he dealt with four years of depression after Usher, 42, told him that his use of Auto-Tune had ‘f***ed up music’

T-Pain said he initially laughed off the remark until Usher stressed he was not joking.

‘And then he was like, ”Yeah man you really f***ed up music for real singers,”’ he said. ‘I was like, ”What did I do? I came out and I used Auto-Tune.”

‘He was like, ”Yeah, you f***ed it up.” I’m like, ”But I used it, I didn’t tell everybody else to start using it.”’

The Bartender artist, who emerged victorious on the first season of The Masked Singer, said the strong words from his colleague resonated with him in a deep way for a long time.

The I'm 'n Luv (Wit a Stripper) artist, pictured in Las Vegas in 2019, made the revelation on the Netflix show This Is Pop

The I’m ‘n Luv (Wit a Stripper) artist, pictured in Las Vegas in 2019, made the revelation on the Netflix show This Is Pop

The Bartender artist said the strong words from his colleague resonated with him in a deep way for a long time. He was snapped in November of 2019 in LA

The Bartender artist said the strong words from his colleague resonated with him in a deep way for a long time. He was snapped in November of 2019 in LA 

‘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.’

T-Pain notably used the Auto-Tune in a number of songs, which had been used previously in hits such as Cher’s 1998 hit Believe; and a remix of Jennifer Lopez’s 1999 song If You Had My Love, which T-Pain said was the first time he heard it.

T-Pain is among the guests on the Netflix docuseries, which is aimed at exploring major moments in pop. Other artists set to speak in the series include Babyface, Brandi Carlile, Chuck D, Shania Twain, and members of ensembles such as Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys, Blur and Oasis.

The series is set to drop on Netflix Tuesday.

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