T-Pain may be more influential than we all realize. The musician, whose debut album Rappa Ternt Sanga just celebrated its 10th birthday on Dec. 6, spoke to Billboard about his first body of work and its impact on the industry.
“None of this wouldn’t be happening without Rappa Ternt Sanga or me as a whole entity, period,” he said. “None of this whole sound of music and it’s not even just rap and R&B — it’s going into pop and techno and dubstep and everything.” As we know, Teddy Pain’s heavy use of autotune gave this album, which spawned hits like “I’m Sprung” and “I’m N Luv (Wit A Stripper),” its signature sound, and later projects prove that he and autotune are made for each other. Although the audio technique is what T-Pain is mostly known for, he does have tons of vocal talent, evident from his performance of the National Anthem a few months ago.
He also mentioned that Rappa Ternt Sanga had an influence on Kanye West’s 2008 effort, 808s & Heartbreak, which he believes is a “direct copy” of his first album when it comes to how it sounds. All of the songs heard on 808s use autotune.
“I’m not just being a di*k saying that sh** sounds a lot like mine,” he started. “Like literally [Kanye] told me that he listened to Rappa Ternt Sanga and he made 808s & Heartbreaks. He even brought me in to make it sound more like Rappa Ternt Sanga [laughs]. Something that I did that was directly copied got so many awards — that’s evidence right there. Rappa Ternt Sanga is still relevant because the sound is still prevalent in the whole industry. It’s never gonna stop.”
Time travel back in time and revisit Rappa Ternt Sanga below.