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T-Pain Agrees With Quincy Jones That He Botched His Michael Jackson Cover

Quincy Jones dropped multiple bombshells during a recently published interview with Vulture, including his belief the late Michael Jackson was greedy and a thief.

Elsewhere, Jones spoke about some the mistakes he’s made throughout his storied career, highlighting the 2010 album, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra. The project features several different artists performing renditions Jones’ music as a tribute to him.

“I was not in favor doing it, but the rappers wanted to record something as a tribute to me, where they’d do versions songs that I’d done over my career,” Jones said. “I said to them, ‘Look, you got to make the music better than we did on the originals.’ That didn’t happen. T-Pain, man, he didn’t pay attention to the details.”

T-Pain is featured on the album’s rendition Jackson’s “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” alongside Robin Thicke. Jones’ comments about the project evidently caught T-Pain’s attention.

On Wednesday (February 7), Tallahassee Pain took to Twitter and revealed he never wanted to remake any Jones’ music, but was forced to by his managers at the time.

“For the record I told my managers (at the time) and I told @QuincyDJones in his face ‘I don’t want to remake any your past records because I know I’m gonna fuck it up. I’ll never be able to reach the greatest MJ’ it took them hours to pump me up to even go in the booth,” he tweeted, before continuing in a subsequent post. “And I still hated it when I came out the booth. Then the song came out and it was even worse than it sounded in the studio. This is legit one the reasons I don’t work with the managers I had anymore because if I said I was uncomfortable doing something they didn’t care.”

T-Pain got one last word in on the topic, saying he never got enough direction while recording the song.

“But also to be real,” he wrote. “It just seems like @QuincyDJones is pissed f at the whole world. I have nothing but respect for the guy so I don’t know why we didn’t hold the song or tell me exactly what he wanted when I kept taking the headphones f beggin for direction from the God.”