Lacing his vocals with Auto-Tune helped singer/rapper T-Pain achieve much success but also caused him to get a lot of backlash, which he didn’t cope with to well. In an interview with VIBE, the Tallahassee native says the main thing that helped him rise to stardom was what lead to him to hit the bottle hard.
“Around the time when people were hating on me about Auto-Tune, I was drinking as much as I could to get away from my problems, crying to myself,” said the 29-year-old. “I’ve almost lost fingers from punching glass and pictures. I turned into a raging alcoholic.”
Pain also revealed where he felt he went wrong with his last album, rEVOLVEr.
“I fucked up on my last album because I listened to somebody else. I wasn’t proud of myself. That’s not something I want to do anymore. No matter how many times people try to fuck with that Auto-Tune style, nobody’s done it better than me. And I’m still gonna be the best at this shit no matter what.”
Throughout the trials and tribulations, the self-proclaimed ‘rappa ternt sanga’ said he learned one of the most important lessons while working with P. Diddy.
“He told me, “Imagine if you pushed yourself a little further out of your comfort zone. You ain’t tried it yet. That means you’re scared of yourself.” That changed me.”
Head over to VIBE to read the full feature.