T-Pain threatens to leak his entire new album online

T-PainImage Credit: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesSeems as if the music industry’s favorite autobot is having trouble transforming his new songs into chart-toppers. Rapper/singer T-Pain recently hopped on Twitter to explain why his oft-delayed set Revolver hasn’t hit stores yet. Pain — who breathed new life (and unfortunate popularity) into Auto-Tune voice adjusting technology with smashes like “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” years ago and contributed to hits for the likes of Chris Brown (“Kiss Kiss“), Lil Wayne, and Kanye West — is frustrated that his new singles aren’t catching fire the way they used to. So much so that he’s about ready to leak Revolver track by track on his own.

“Since nobody wants to respect this form of art that you all say we ‘love’ so much, I’m just gonna go ahead and start leakin the album myself tonight,” he tweeted. “well maybe I shouldn’t rant but everybody was lookin at me strange when I said I didn’t wanna drop my album, it’s not that album sales weren’t doin good for hip hop and rnb, it just felt like no one respected “music” anymore. You know what, you guys enjoy the post game and I’ll find my own ways to take care of my family.”

To catch everyone up, last year Pain claimed that the climate in the music industry was so bleak that he planned on shelving his project until sales projections lifted out of the gutter. So now that he’s backed off of that statement, let’s talk about this whole “respect” thing. I’m a unapologetic T-Pain fan. Yeah, I know his voice is half his, half computer. So? His music’s fun. And when his songs hit, they hit hard — be it in the car, club, or my iPod ear buds. That said, he has to admit that these singles from Revolver haven’t connected with his fans. I love his recent “Rap Song.” Unfortunately, it’s not jetting up Billboard‘s hot 100 chart. And honestly, “Reverse Cowgirl” was okay, at best.

I’m not sure if there’s a respect issue as much as there is a like issue. People haven’t been receptive to his tunes. Why? Maybe it was Jay-Z’s 2009 killer “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune).” Obviously that made him just a bit uncool. Or maybe his fans are simply waiting for a song they like. Leaking his album probably wouldn’t be a good idea, by the way. He could find himself in some legal hot water. He made them, but, surely, his Jive record label at least partially owns them.

So what do you think T-Pain should do? Hold his music, stop tweeting, and make a hit? Or open up the flood gates and pour Revolver on to the internet? Let us know.

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  • LOL

    No one cares.

    • matt

      LOL indeed.

    • Dean

      T-what, who?

      • Cat

        That’s what I thought. LOL

    • dipshat

      Ooh, ooh T-Pain don’t hurt us.

  • kat

    i take this threat very seriously. please spare us T-pain.

  • OT

    “I’ll find my own ways to take care of my family.” As if it’s our responsibility to buy his records so he can take care of his family. Scolding the public for not liking your music is lame. You made bad music – maybe you’re so full of yourself that you think whatever you crap out is solid gold. Get in the studio and make more music. Don’t blame us for your crap.

  • Miss Talk

    Since The Jigga Man announced the “Death of Autotune”, that was pretty much it. Rappers went back to rap (Kanye, Lil’Wayne), singers went back to singing (Jamie Foxx, Chris Brown).
    T-Pain should hit the studio and come up with something new, like real artists do.

    • PN

      I really think that the Jay-Z song had an impact on T-Pain’s sound. You hardly hear Chris Brown doing it on his recent songs–he’s singing more. The rappers are focusing more on their rapping and getting better hardcore beats behind their music. And the Autotune is still popular, but it’s a little less than when T-Pain’s string of hits were popular.

  • Dave

    He thinks people don’t respect music? No, people definitely respect music. But they respect real music, and T-Pain doesn’t make real music. He makes crap that somehow has been passing for music. It’s utterly ridiculous that he thinks his “music” is a “form of art.” Sorry, lyrics like “Imma buy you a drank…I got money in the bank” and “she gave us drinks to drink, we drunk ‘em, got drunk” are not art.
    “I’ll find my own ways to take care of my family.” Is this guy serious?!?! He should consider himself lucky that the general public has such terrible taste in music and thus provided him a way to take care of his family for the past several years. What an a**.
    T-Pain: You suck. Go away.

  • Shaolin Shadowboxer

    T-Pain, you’z a foo!

  • No More, No More

    “T-Pain”? How about “T-Paper”?

  • Ear Ache

    The person who invented auto tune should be tortured daily for the rest of their life.

  • Real Music Lover

    Promises Promises…

  • PN

    He needs to pressure his label to get his album out. T-Pain makes some innovative chance taking music. I think they don’t want his Autotune-driven songs against heavy competition on the charts. When his sound has had an influence on countless R&B and dance pop artists. His influential stamp is all over the place on the radio, every second, third or 4th song playing, whether it’s a new or a longtime artist.

  • mac lethal

    I gotta agree with the writer of this article. Yes, T-Pain songs can be atrocious when they are bad. Yes, his new songs like “Reverse Cowgirl” sucks.

    But songs like “Church” and “Take Your Shirt Off” are RIDICULOUS. Seriously. He is a talented song writer. You cannot deny that. When bad, he is awful, but when his songs connect with you, they own your entire existence.

    Listen to “Church” and/or “Take Your Shirt Off” and tell me those songs don’t make you wanna go buck.

    He needs to return to that style.

    FYI I listen to Tom Waits, Radiohead, The National, Wilco etc. I know good music. T-Pain is capable of it.

    But he’s acting like a little b***h right now.

  • clair de lune

    i think t-pain is at his best, ironically, when he’s doing for/with other people. other than “church,” I don’t love specifically his stuff, but his collaborations are AWESOME. “Hey baby (drop it to the floor)” with Pitbull is literally fantastic; “all the above” with maino, “I just died in your arms tonight” with smitty, “good life” with kanye, “got money” with lil wayne, and “creep fast” with twista are all SO SO good. but “Rap song”? meh. I wouldn’t pay for it on itunes

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