Few artists can boast having a hefty catalogue of Billboard Top 10 hits with one of the most dominating forces in hip hop, Lil Wayne. T-Pain, who has appeared on the last two installments of Weezy’s Carter series, has earned those bragging rights.
The auto-tune crooner recently chopped it up with BET.com and shed some light on how he landed on one of the top selling albums of 2011, Tha Carter IV. Featured on the album cut “How to Hate” the synthesizing guru explains how Weezy pulled a straight up jack move on him after hearing the song that was originally slated to be a potential cut on T-Pain’s recently released album, Revolver.
"The crazy thing is I didn't give it away, he just took it [laughs]," Teddy P playfully admits. "I made the song, and I was like yo I got to get Wayne on it, and he was right next door at the same studio so I took it over there, and he was like yeah just drop it off I'm going to listen to it in a second.”
Surprisingly after hearing T-Pain's original version of the song the Young Money boss opted to snag the track for his Carter IV album and made Pain an offer he couldn’t refuse.
The chart-topping entertainer smiles as he recalls how it all went down.
"He had his management come over there, and they was like ‘yo so Wayne's putting that on his album. Do you want us to keep your verse on there?’"
With a number of collaborative songs between the pair, as well as a scrapped T- Wayne album in the can, the singer says he's far from bothered by the jacking, and professes that everything's all good between the two. In fact, he's extremely proud that the song has been received so well by fans.
"I'm just happy to have a song that got picked up," he explains. "Either way around it would've benefited either one of us, it really didn't matter, I don't think it would've helped me sell a million [records] in a week, I mean that's just Wayne."
While Pain’s Revolver didn’t have a record-breaking first week of sales, it sold 34,000 copies to be exact, it did mark the return of the hip hop singer’s infectious brand of music. After a brief hiatus, partly brought on by Jay-Z’s smash “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-tune)” a track aimed at dispelling the widespread copycat songs using the vocal effect, T-Pain returned this year with his first LP since 2008’s Thr33 Ringz.
Now it seems the tune is back in vogue and everyone wants to get their hands on the auto-tune king's sound these days. After teaming up audio company Pro Tunes last spring and releasing his own toy microphone, the I AM T-PAIN MIC, the product was a top seller in major retail stores during the past holiday season.
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