T-Pain caught a lot of backlash from his recent promo interview for his new mixtape titled The Iron Way. The auto-tune guru became a target after he shared that Aaliyah’s legacy was basically overhyped due to her death.
During his listening party, T-Pain debuted his 20-track project with features from The Dream, Bun B, Lil Wayne, and more, but there was one artist that didn’t make the lineup to be released…Aaliyah. T-Pain recorded a track sampling babygirl’s vocals entitled “Girlfriends,” however some believed that he didn’t “deserve” to use her vocals. T-Pain then took the opportunity address his critics.
First of all, let me just say that a lot of people are pissed off about that for some reason. I’m seeing a lot of people directly say, ‘He doesn’t deserve her vocals.’ So I’m trying to figure out what the f-ck did I do. So what happened was they were doing Aaliyah X album and they came to me for a feature on the album. They had a bunch of sessions and unused tracks from her. So instead of being a dick and charging the sh-t out of them, I was like, ‘Yo, just give me one of the sessions.’ And they were like, “Cool. We ain’t gotta pay, right?’ It was just like a swap. I did a song for her album and they gave me one for mine.
People tend to–I don’t know, man. I’m not trying to discredit Aaliyah in any kind of way. But you know how sometimes people die–yeah. You know how somebody’s an asshole their whole life, but when you go to their funeral it’s like, ‘This guy was the greatest man ever.’ No, I’m just sayin’!
I’m not saying it’s Aaliyah but it’s like because she passed, nobody is deserving. Nobody is good enough because she passed. If she was still alive, then everybody would’ve been like, ‘Oh! She tryna be Beyonce!’ if she were still alive right now. But now that she’s passed, it’s like, ‘Nobody could be her! Nobody could be her!’ That’s just how I feel. That’s how people are, man. People look for sh-t to talk about.
After striking a few nerves, you know black Twitter did not let up, nevertheless he stood firmly on his beliefs.
I'm still tryin to figure out how ppl feel I dissed Aaliyah. I was talkin bout how ppl turn into WBC anytime somebody mentions her name
— T-Pain (@TPAIN) March 26, 2015
Now, I don’t believe he was wrong for stating his opinion at all and I personally like the new track, but considering all things, we really don’t know what could have came from Aaliyah’s career. I guess this is just a topic that should be handled with extra care. Check out the interview and new track below.