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Written by on January 4, 2022

T-Pain doesn’t play when it comes to his business — but he’s not too proud to dole out advice either. The Grammy Award-winning artist routinely shares some of his hard-won wisdom about the music industry on his various social media platforms. But sometimes, he admits people get on his nerves.

On Sunday (January 2), Tallahassee Pain, who was likely triggered by one of his thousands of Instagram direct messages, fired off a tweet condemning aspiring artists for failing to properly present themselves and their music.

“I’m not going to your Instagram to check your shit out,” he wrote. “Be professional and make a reel or a website. If Instagram is the height of your professionalism then you won’t fit over here anyways.”

T-Pain had another solid piece of advice for other up-and-coming artists last July. During one of his Twitch sessions, The Godfather of Auto-Tune was furious after he was sent yet another music submission that sounded like all the others he received before.

“You know when your shit sounds like somebody else’s shit,” he said. “You’re making it because you’re in the studio like, ‘What’s the number one record now? We need to make another one of those.’ Stop doing that! Stop! You’re not original! Give me some original shit! Are you seriously telling me that you sat here watch me tell a bitch to eat a dick and you thought that wasn’t original? Are you seriously sitting here telling me ‘eat a dick’ is the bad part of music? Stop!! Just fucking do something else! God damn it! Do some different music!”

In November 2021, T-Pain also encouraged others to stop thinking short-term and focus on the bigger picture, tweeting at the time, “The way that artists are starting to believe that momentary popularity is better than longevity is super disturbing and [I] really want y’all to think about the future and generational wealth. It’s bigger than right now. You got a lot of lives in your hands and a generation to start.”

And he should know. T-Pain comes from an era before streaming numbers influenced the Billboard charts and success wasn’t as easy as having a viral hit. His debut album, the gold-certified Rappa Ternt Sanga, arrived in 2005 and he’s enjoyed a fruitful career ever since. Maybe he knows what he’s talking about.

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