By Brad Wete
February 08, 2011 at 11:01 PM EST
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Image Credit: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesSeems as if the music industry’s favorite autobot is having trouble transforming his new songs into chart-toppers. Rapper/singer T-Pain recently hopped on Twitter to explain why his oft-delayed set Revolver hasn’t hit stores yet. Pain — who breathed new life (and unfortunate popularity) into Auto-Tune voice adjusting technology with smashes like “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” years ago and contributed to hits for the likes of Chris Brown (“Kiss Kiss“), Lil Wayne, and Kanye West — is frustrated that his new singles aren’t catching fire the way they used to. So much so that he’s about ready to leak Revolver track by track on his own.

“Since nobody wants to respect this form of art that you all say we ‘love’ so much, I’m just gonna go ahead and start leakin the album myself tonight,” he tweeted. “well maybe I shouldn’t rant but everybody was lookin at me strange when I said I didn’t wanna drop my album, it’s not that album sales weren’t doin good for hip hop and rnb, it just felt like no one respected “music” anymore. You know what, you guys enjoy the post game and I’ll find my own ways to take care of my family.”

To catch everyone up, last year Pain claimed that the climate in the music industry was so bleak that he planned on shelving his project until sales projections lifted out of the gutter. So now that he’s backed off of that statement, let’s talk about this whole “respect” thing. I’m a unapologetic T-Pain fan. Yeah, I know his voice is half his, half computer. So? His music’s fun. And when his songs hit, they hit hard — be it in the car, club, or my iPod ear buds. That said, he has to admit that these singles from Revolver haven’t connected with his fans. I love his recent “Rap Song.” Unfortunately, it’s not jetting up Billboard‘s hot 100 chart. And honestly, “Reverse Cowgirl” was okay, at best.

I’m not sure if there’s a respect issue as much as there is a like issue. People haven’t been receptive to his tunes. Why? Maybe it was Jay-Z’s 2009 killer “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune).” Obviously that made him just a bit uncool. Or maybe his fans are simply waiting for a song they like. Leaking his album probably wouldn’t be a good idea, by the way. He could find himself in some legal hot water. He made them, but, surely, his Jive record label at least partially owns them.

So what do you think T-Pain should do? Hold his music, stop tweeting, and make a hit? Or open up the flood gates and pour Revolver on to the internet? Let us know.

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