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T-Pain Recalls How He Missed The Chance To Have A Michael Jackson & Usher Collaboration

T-Pain has disclosed that he was close to recording a song with Usher and Michael Jackson, but an overly enthusiastic reference singer prevented it from ever being released. A reference vocal is a vocal performance that is recorded by someone other than the intended vocalist (MJ and/or Usher here) so that the final musician can listen to and learn their part.

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T-Pain recollected the abandoned song in a video he posted on X on Tuesday, January 23. He even gave his fans a quick listen to a portion of the song while describing the issues that prevented its release.

“We are about to listen to a song that I wrote and produced that was meant for me, Usher, and Michael Jackson,”

“And then the person that was in charge of doing the references and the person that sang it got too excited and was like, ‘N-gga, I’m on a song with Michael Jackson and Usher and T-Pain!’ And then he released it and then Michael Jackson was like, ‘Nah, never mind. I don’t wanna do it anymore.’ Yeah, that pissed me off. Not gonna lie to ya.”

Even though T-Pain’s chance to work with the great Michael Jackson was lost, he recently received praise from another classic, Ozzy Osbourne. Last month, T-Pain shared a video of his rendition of Black Sabbath’s iconic song “War Pigs” on social media, and the heavy metal icon was understandably impressed.T-Pain performed the song at The Sun Rose in West Hollywood last year, receiving approval from Ozzy Osbourne. The entire show, which included him singing hit songs including “Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey, “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke, and “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith without using Auto-Tune, was posted to YouTube in December.

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