T-Pain Shares Why He Decided To Open Up About His Struggles w/Depression: Nobody Tells You About The Downs
Rap star T-Pain has not been shy when speaking about his efforts to maintain good mental health.
The “Buy You A Drank” artist was asked about what made him so confident to speak on such a private matter during a recent interview with Trevor Noah. T-Pain, born Faheem Rashad Najm, says he loves speaking about mental health because artists before him neglected to do so.
During the conversation he stated:
“I love being vocal about things like that because it wasn’t set in the blueprint before me….it’s all about blinging, it’s all about having a bunch of money having all this and nobody tells you about the down….I always look back at the people that came before me and I’m like….’why didn’t y’all tell me about this?'”
“According to them its money, girls, big house – somehow yo wife don’t find out about any of that….but nobody told us about the downs. So I try to stay vocal about that to let people know these things are going to happen…no matter what you do….you’re still going to have these downs because there’s no magical world in the multiverse where everybody is happy all the time.”
Back in June of last year, the 38-year-old musician revealed how a previous comment made by R&B singer Usher sparked his four-year-long depression. T-Pain says the “Confessions” artist told him he kind of “f*cked up music” by popularizing auto-tune.
As Noah mentioned in the interview, T-Pain received an immense amount of backlash for using the voice processor software. Many industry vets condemned auto-tune, as it seemingly allows vocally challenged musicians to dominate the industry with catchy beats over music with substance. Hip-Hop icon Jay Z even made a diss track about the software with his 2018 record “Death Of Autotune.”
However, despite those who disagree, the Grammy Award-winning artist has gone on to inspire auto-tune use by some of the biggest names in the industry such as Travis Scott & Future. After rebuilding his image and career following the depressive stint, T-Pain is back making music, touring, and pursuing other business ventures. The decorated musician also stated in the interview he wouldn’t change a thing if he could and has no regrets.
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