T-Pain says do not call it a comeback

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T-Pain opens up about how a negative comment from Usher started a difficult period in his life.

In a clip from the upcoming Netflix series “This Is Pop”, released by Entertainment Weekly Monday, the singer, whose real name is Faheem Rasheed Najm, revealed that he fell into a years-long depression after Usher criticized his use of Auto-Tune in music.

“Usher was my friend,” T-Pain said in the clip. “I really respect Usher. And he was like, ‘Man. I want to tell you something, man. You’re a little (explicit) up with music.’ “

T-Pain said he let a “nervous laugh” out of the comment, but soon Usher did not realize a joke.

“I did not understand,” he said. “I thought he was joking at first, but then he was like, ‘Yeah man you really (explicitly) put up music for real singers.’ “

According to T-Pain, Usher’s comment was the beginning of a trying time for his mental health.

“I’m like, ‘But I used it, I did not ask everyone else to start using it,'” T-Pain said. “I do not even think I have realized this for a long time, but that is exactly the moment that started a four-year depression for me.”

T-Pain almost single-handedly popularized the use of the technology for pitch, Auto-Tune in hip-hop, beginning with his debut single in 2005, “I’m Sprung,” which reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“This Is Pop” is an eight-part series that uncovers the true stories behind some of the greatest artists and moments in pop music history, according to Netflix’s description. In addition to T-Pain, it will feature interviews with Shania Twain, Boyz II Men, Chuck D, Brandi Carlile, Neko Case and more. The series is released in its full Tuesday.

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In 2019, the singer opened up about his past financial problems and told the hosts of the breakfast club that he used to ask for money to buy basic necessities.

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“I had to borrow money to get my kids Burger King,” he said, estimating that on top of his financial misery he would blow $ 40 million.

T-Pain blamed “a lot of bad investment” for his struggles and also encouraged his manager to make less than optimal spending decisions.

The singer added: “I let my manager do it and he was far more optimistic than me,” the singer said. “He just wanted to buy complete landfills and think we could just paint and then we should have a good time. Never sold anything we bought.”

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Contributions: Sabrina Ford, Maeve McDermott

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