Dope! News: Kirk Franklin At Odds With T-Pain Over ‘Silver & Gold’

It looks like Kirk Franklin had to sit down and have a talk with T-Pain about his song that leaked on the internet ‘Silver & Gold’. Kirk who originally released the song ‘Silver & Gold’ in 1993 on the album Kirk Franklin and the Family, had lyrics that spoke about God:

Silver and gold/ Silver and gold/ I’d rather have Jesus than silver and gold/ No fame or fortune/ Nor riches untold/ I’d rather have Jesus than silver and gold.

While T-Pain’s version focuses more on alcohol:

“You’ll be hanging, swanging, drinking two types of Patrón,” he sings. “I done mixed up silver and gold/ I done mixed up silver and gold/ I’mma tryin’ to get drunk before this party/ Somebody’s gonna have to carry me home/ I done drank the silver and gold.”

T-Pain’s version doesn’t sample the original Kirk Franklin hit, but the melody is the same which caused people to believe that he was desecrating a gospel song buy talking about alcohol instead. T-Pain talked to MTV News about how the song was just done out of “boredom” and it wasn’t considered to be on the album and how Kirk told him to change the melody:

“It was never supposed to be on my album, the record, it got leaked, then me and Kirk Franklin had to talk. He was doing most of the talking. He was saying it wasn’t no disrespect. He was saying he knows how songs get leaked. He had it happen to him before. He said he wasn’t a saint, and it wasn’t like he never did nothing wrong. It’s not like [Kirk] said I did something wrong. He said if I was gonna go with it, just change the melody. ‘You can still say silver and gold.’ He’s got a lot of people saying stuff to him: ‘How could you let T-Pain destroy a gospel song like that? How could let him talk about alcohol?’ I wasn’t even doing it for a mixtape or nothing. I was literally drinking and made a song. I was bored in the studio. There was nothing else to do. I made it into an alcoholic anthem, which wasn’t good. It spread so fast, everybody thought it was the first single. Somebody was putting it out as ‘the first single off of T-Pain’s new album Pain or Pleasure.‘ Somebody was just making up an album name just so they can put it out. That’s why my album isn’t coming out on [my] birthday no more, because I had to push it back. We had to stop that song.”


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