T-Pain Shoots Down Beef With Jay-Z
Â Just a day after it was reported that T-Pain dissed Jay-Z while DJing in Las Vegas, he's changed his (Auto-) tune and said there's no beef between him and the Brooklyn rapper. T-Pain's about-face stems not only from a recent conversation he said he and Jay had, but also from a radio interview Hov gave on Tuesday, where he responded to T-Pain's taunts and said that his song "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" wasn't about Pain. T-Pain said it was the first time he heard Hov explicitly say that.
"Every time I saw his interviews, he just said 'T-Pain is a talented dude,' " Pain told New York radio station Power 105's Ed Lover Wednesday morning (September 9) "But I will say the interview he did yesterday" – in which Jay said, "I made it very clear I wasn't talking about him" – "that made me feel better."
T-Pain said his issue with Jay-Z stemmed from the two's appearance onstage at Hot 97's Summer Jam concert in New Jersey in June. T-Pain joined Jay-Z during his performance of "D.O.A." just days after the rapper premiered the track. In the song, Jay-Z jabs at artists who have been relying on Auto-Tune too much for their vocals; he absolved Lil Wayne and Kanye West from his complaint, but wasn't quite as vocal in defending T-Pain, who played a major role in bringing the vocal-enhancing device into the pop consciousness.
T-Pain said he was a fan of the song from the onset, and said he even reached out Jay-Z to join him onstage during Summer Jam. But Jay-Z told him he was overseas in Switzerland, he said, and wouldn't be able to make it.
When Jay-Z did make a surprise appearance at Summer Jam, T-Pain said he was shocked. Hov went onstage with Young Jeezy; T-Pain said he joined the pair onstage at the recommendation of one of Jay-Z's associates. Afterward, though, according to T-Pain, Jay-Z snubbed him.
"I'm ready to go on stage after Jeezy's set and [the concert organizers] said, 'Hold on, Jay-Z is about to come out with Jeezy,' and I said, 'Well, Jay-Z is in Switzerland.' They say, 'No he's not, he's right there,' and I look and there's Jay-Z. So he gets on the stage and when he gets to the part [on 'D.O.A.'] where he says, 'I don't need anyone smiling at this,' he pointed at me. And then at the end of the song, when I tried to shake his hand, he turned around and said 'Good riddance.' "
For the past two months, T-Pain said he was trying to contact Jay-Z about whether he was being attacked on the song. He said during his own shows, audience members would shout, "You're finished!" at him and throw up Jay-Z's Roc diamond hand signal. When he couldn't get hold of the rapper to clarify the situation, he decided to lash out.
The Vegas gig was the first time most fans heard about the situation, since Fabolous tweeted about it. Fabolous then started an anti-T-Pain crusade on Twitter on Tuesday after an imposter T-Pain account called him out, but once Fab realized it was a fake, he backtracked.
T-Pain said he's spoken with Jay and the two have patched things up.
"I feel a lot better," T-Pain said. "Neither me nor Jay-Z have time to go through this beef crap. I'm a fan of Jay-Z, I'mma always be a fan of Jay-Z. Me and Fab talked today. He apologized and said it was stupid on his part."