OK, we get it: T-Pain really has no problem with Jay-Z.
The Auto-Tune star took aim at the legendary MC earlier this month while DJ’ing in Las Vegas, rebelling against the rapper’s hit “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” in an explicit tirade. A day later, though, he backed away from his comments during a radio interview, claiming he’d just been trying to get clarification from Jay-Z about whether the song was about him or not.
Now, T-Pain has taken to song to apologize to Jay-Z publicly, saying, “My bad.”
In a freestyle set to Drake and Trey Songz’s “Successful” called “More Careful,” the dreadlocked singer makes amends for his lack of discretion.
“I got the money, the money and the cars, the cars and the clothes, and unless I wanna let it all go, I just gotta be, I just gotta be more careful,” he croons on the chorus.
“Aight, so let’s talk about the Jay sh–,” he raps in the third verse. “Some days I wish that I ain’t never say sh–/ And Diddy said ain’t no excuse for what I did/ But I felt like he was knocking the same sh– that feeds my kids/ I do music ’cause I need it to make my world spin/ So when you get down to it, it’s like you dissing my girlfriend.”
T-Pain said in the past he was unclear of Jay-Z’s motives behind his anti-Auto-Tune anthem. In his interviews, T-Pain pointed out, the rapper would defend Kanye West’s and Lil Wayne’s use of computer-aided vocals while simply saying he wasn’t targeting Pain on the track. The vague responses, T-Pain said, felt like subtle indictments since he’s the most acclaimed and accomplished artist associated with the program.
T-Pain also said Jay-Z snubbed him at Hot 97’s annual concert, Summer Jam, when the rapper joked to radio personality Angie Martinez that he thought it was a fan who joined him on stage when Pain joined the Brooklyn wordsmith for his performance of “D.O.A.”
But after T-Pain lashed out, when pressed about the burgeoning issue, Jay-Z said he thought the singer/producer was talented enough not to have to rely on the device. The response relieved T-Pain, he said at the time. But in rhyme he admitted it surprised him to even hear Jay-Z respond.
“And Jay one of the only n—as out here bringing it/ So I didn’t think he would even entertain the sh–,” T-Pain rapped. ” ’Cause entertainment is see-through, but if you really feel like I’m dead, then, n—a, me too/ I ain’t tryin’ to write your rhymes, but you coulda skipped one DJ/ And all you had to say is, ’T-Pain, we cool.’ ”
He finishes the track out explaining he wasn’t hating on Jay-Z’s fame or trying to dis the rapper, and made sure his apologetic ode was clearer than a car windshield.
“But by all means, don’t take this as a dis or hatin’/ I just wanna explain my side of the situation,” T-Pain spits. “So if you knew how much respect that I have/ You’d know I’m a real n—a when I say, ’My bad.’ ”