T-Pain, the renowned rap superstar at the age of 39, surprised fans when he recently took to TikTok to share that he has not only helped write hip-hop hits but has also dabbled in the realm of country music.
In a candid video, he revealed that he has ghostwritten several tracks for country artists. However, despite his love for the genre, he made a decision to stop taking credit for his work due to the racism he has encountered.
Beginning the video, T-Pain expressed his deep admiration for country music and how it serves as a well of inspiration for him. With conviction, he stated that good music transcends boundaries, emphasizing, “Good music is good music. I don’t give a f— where it comes from or what style it comes in.”
He opened up about the influence of country and gospel music on his harmonies, explaining that they form the foundation for his unique vocal arrangements. Additionally, he mentioned that some people he knows feel hesitant to explore other genres, deeming it uncool.
The Grammy-winning artist, Faheem Rashad Najm, briefly shared his experience collaborating with members of the country music industry. He admitted to writing a plethora of country songs but chose to relinquish credit for them due to the unfortunate racism that follows.
It’s cool for people to make and enjoy all types of music. Good music is good music♬ original sound – T-Pain
He humorously quipped, “As cool as it is to see your name in those credits and s— like that, the racism that comes after it is just like, ‘I’ll just take the check,'” indicating an unwillingness to deal with the aftermath.
In the TikTok video, T-Pain did not disclose the names of the artists he has worked with or whether he used pseudonyms while being credited. He kept the focus on the importance of embracing different genres, reiterating his message by writing, “It’s cool for people to make and enjoy all types of music. Good music is good music.”
Although T-Pain has made a name for himself with his own hit albums and collaborations with A-listers, he has also contributed to the success of other artists. Some notable examples include Ciara, Flo Rida, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Snoop Dogg.
While the country artists T-Pain has collaborated with remain a mystery, an old interview with iHeartRadio’s The Breakfast Club shed some light on his experience in Nashville. During the interview, he shared that he writes country music for prominent country artists who prefer to keep his contributions under wraps.
The rapper even lived in Nashville for two years, parking his bus at the back of the studio while immersing himself in the creative process.
T-Pain hinted at collaborations with notable figures like Taylor Swift, mentioning their performance of a parody called “Thug Story” at the 2009 CMT Awards. He also mentioned Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and others as potential artists he has worked with. Clearly, T-Pain has written significant material for these respected country artists during his time in Nashville.
Notably, T-Pain’s deep appreciation for country music is evident on his 2023 album, “On Top of the Covers,” where he ventured beyond hip-hop. On this record, he delivered soul-stirring renditions of classics such as Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey,” Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and more. It showcases his versatility as an artist and his ability to embrace various genres with finesse.