Interview: T-Pain On Why He’s Not On DJ Khaled’s New Album: ‘Future Is The Hottest Ni**a Right Now’
One name you may be surprised to not see featured on DJ Khaled’s forthcoming album Suffering From Success is T-Pain.
Khaled and T-Pain’s relationship spans at least seven years, dating back to Khaled’s second studio album We The Best, where Pain lent his infectious auto-tune infused vocals to the hard-hitting anthem, “I’m So Hood.” The two are responsible for a bevy of hit singles that still incite crowds across the world each time they’re played in the club. But according to T-Pain, who has been taking a brief break from the spotlight, Khaled overlooked him for another popular crooning rapper when it came time to record his latest album
“Future is on right now,” T-Pain told VIBE. “Khaled deals with who’s hot at the time, so of course he don’t need T-Pain when he got another T-Pain. It’s not really a big deal for him to switch people.”
Future is featured on three songs off the album, including the title track with Ace Hood “Suffering From Success” and the Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj assisted “I Wanna Be With You.”
“If I was DJ Khaled, I would’ve did the same thing,” Pain admit. “He’s not a rapper, he’s not a producer, he’s going to get all the hot people together and put them on a song. That’s what Khaled is famous for. He gets all the hot people and puts them on the song. It’s featuring a bunch of mother*ckers, he don’t never go back and get somebody who’s not hot.”
“Future is the hottest ni**a right now,” he added. “So of course, you ain’t going to have me and Future on the damn song, that’s just redundant as hell.”
Earlier this year, rumors of a beef between Future and T-Pain erupted after Pain posted a screenshot of Ace Hood’s “Bugatti” video on Instagram with the caption:
“Funny thing about that Bugatti you woke up in, #ItsMine #OhTheIrony hahahaaaa funny how “the new T-Pain” has to use “The old T-Pain’s Bugatti for his Bugatti hook hahaaaaa yea. So. There’s That. Not at all throwing shots at @Acehood that’s my man 100 grand.”
Despite several attempts by both parties to diffuse the drama, many people still believe T-Pain is a bit upset at Future for hijacking the hooks previously meant for him. Although, Pain did spark hope for a possible joint track together in the… future.
“Yeah, of course I would work with that ni**a,” he said. “[Future] said he’ll work with me. He’s just busy right now. He ain’t never in town, and we ain’t never in the same place. Once we get in the same place, I’m pretty sure we’re going to make some magic happen.”