On March 19, groundbreaking rapper, singer, and producer T-Pain stopped by Genius for the latest installment of Genius Level, our live conversation series with icons of the music business, including influential artists, songwriters, producers, and executives. During the conversation with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman, T-Pain participated in a retrospective spanning his over decade-long career.
Toward the end of the conversation, T-Pain shared his reaction to JAY-Z’s “Death of Auto-Tune” name-drop. “I didn’t even know he said my name in the song. I was just so shocked, ‘What the fuck?’ Once I sat down and listened to it, I was like, ‘Oh. Oh, he’s talking about rappers,’” he said. “It affected the shit out of me… I was actually planning on getting ghost for a while, so it was already in place for me to do that, but at the same time when that song happened, it happened two months before we were planning to do it, and it just seemed like I disappeared because of the song.”