Legendary producer and composer Quincy Jones enlisted platinum-selling artists T-Pain and Robin Thicke to remake Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.” for his upcoming album, Q: Soul Bassa Nostra. Akon, Ludacris, Three 6 Mafia, Talib Kweli and a host of others are slated to be on the album as well, but it was T-Pain’s reinterpretation of the 1983 classic that drew the ire of most fans.
Soon after the song was posted online, comments surfaced saying T-Pain ruined the Jackson classic. Tuesday, T-Pain took to Twitter and defended himself, saying not only did Quincy Jones approve of his remake, but Michael Jackson requested the reworking before his 2009 death.
For all the ppl that hate mr for ruining pyt just stop listening to my shit. But if Quincy jones tell you he http://tl.gd/6pjdgi
“But if Quincy Jones tell you he want you to do something no matter how much shot [sic] you know ur gonna get from the dumb asses in the world, you god damn do it,” T-Pain stated. He also called out critics for being jealous and disrespectful, in a response so long it needed to be finished via TweetLonger.
For his part, Jones defended his picks in March, during an interview with Billboard magazine, saying, “Each artist picked a song that resonated with them for different reasons. I am honored that everyone wanted to be a part of this celebration of these songs. They all made them their own and knocked them out of the park.”