Renowned music producer Quincy Jones has come to the defense of singer/rapper T-Pain for his decision to remake Michael Jackson‘s 1983 hit, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).”
Jones said he was not only shocked but upset that so many people went after Pain’s head.
“Today with Facebook and Twitter and everything, I have never seen so many haters in my life,” the 77-year-old legend exclusively tells Rap-Up.com. “But it’s people sitting in their basements with their pants on the ground, just being haters. I don’t get it, man. That means they don’t have a life. The freedom in music is do what you want to do. I don’t think anybody should sit there and say you shouldn’t do that or you shouldn’t do this. That’s not up to me to say.” (Rap-Up)
Earlier this week, Pain lashed out at critics over the remake, which is featured on Jones’ upcoming Q: Soul Bossa Nostra.
“For all the ppl that hate mr for ruining pyt just stop listening to my sh*t. But if Quincy jones tell you he want you to do something, no matter how much shot you know ur gonna get from the dumb a**es in the world, you god d*mn do it. The f*cked up thing is everybody being so kind to mj after he’s gone, but how can you wish a man to rest in peace when you never gave him peace in a life time? I had the pleasure of meeting MJ and when I left his house I got a call from his lawyer telling mr that MJ wanted me to remake that song.” (T-Pain’s Twitter)
Pain also told disgruntled music fans to avoid his music.
“So everybody that’s being overly disrespectful, you don’t have to like me at all, but you also can keep that bullsh*t to yourself. Like I said I’m making it my job to stay positive on twitter but this is why the image of my ppl is so f*cked up cuz we all are to envious and jealous of each other to get passed anything. In conclusion, if you don’t like what I do then stop listening to it, if somebody tells you that my shit is wak, why would you go and try to find it? Just stay off my timeline and my dick and get YO sh*t together, obviously I’m str8 yasimelike.” (T-Pain’s Twitter)
Last spring, R&B singer The-Dream caught heat after covering Aaliyah’s “One In A Million” hit.
The-Dream tries his hardest to mimic Aaliyah’s signature vocal styling and fails miserably. For a song that is fairly simple in its melody and delivery, it proves extremely difficult for The-Dream to reproduce, even when he tries to make it his own. His high notes are sharp and his low notes sound as if he is running out of breath. (Neon Limelight)
Check out the two versions of “Pretty Young Thing” below: