T-Pain Says Kanye West’s ‘808s & Heartbreak’ Was His ‘Rappa Ternt Sanga’ In 2005


Rapper/singer T-Pain, whose career lived and died by the Auto-Tune, feels some type of way. In a recent interview with VLADTV, the Nappy Boy explained his comments re: Future’s use of Auto-Tune (spoiler alert: T-Pain says nobody knows how to use it and nobody includes Future) and how he had put in serious study time before even touching the vocal-changer.

“I really studied this shit and I know for a fact, that nobody has sat down in the studio and studied that much,” he said. “Nobody has done that ’cause it happened too fast. I studied Auto-Tune two years before I used it once. After I started using it, niggas just started coming out of nowhere.”

The Tallahassee native also discussed how Kanye West’s 2008 Auto-Tune-heavy effort 808s & Heartbreak used the same formula as his 2005 LP Rappa Ternt Sanga.

“The crazy thing is I worked with Kanye on 808s & Heartbreaks (sic),” he recalls. “I went down to Hawaii for 10 days with that nigga and Kanye actually told me himself, my album Rappa Ternt Sanga, I heard all those songs, I fuckin’ love yo album, I think you a genius. He went through this whole schpiel but [said] ‘What I found out is that Rappa Ternt Sanga is just a bunch of love songs with a shitload of bass in ‘em’. And I was like, well, love songs is ‘Heartbreaks’ and the shitload of bass is ‘808s.'”

But T Pizzy assures he isn’t losing sleep over it (anymore). “And I respect that shit but it’s like the praise that [Kanye] got [like] ‘OMG this is so creative, this is the new shit’ and i’m like, ‘Well what happened in 2005 when I dropped Rappa Ternt Sanga’? I just felt unappreciated.”

Watch the full interview where T-Pain also discusses how it took five weeks to do his biggest ‘Ye collabo “Good Life” above.