T-Pain battled booze and depression problem after Lil Wayne project fell through

Rapper/singer T-PAIN fell into a deep, booze-fueled depression in 2010 when plans to release a joint album with LIL WAYNE were derailed by the LOLLIPOP hitmaker's prison term.

The pair had teamed up in 2008 to release a mixtape under the name T-Wayne and had planned to follow it up with a full studio release.

However, the record was delayed as Wayne was sentenced to a year behind bars for gun charges, and T-Pain admits the setback hit him hard because he had been banking on the project to help him secure a record deal with his pal's Young Money Entertainment.

Wayne walked free from prison in 2011, but by that time, T-Pain reveals he had developed a heavy booze addiction.

He tells VladTV.com, "I started really taking a break from this s**t (music industry) because I was going crazy and I started drinking. I started really f**kin' drinking too much because I was depressed and I was like, 'F**k, Wayne in jail.' It started getting real crazy for me (sic)..."

T-Pain claims his personal troubles, coupled with a miscommunication between his management team and Wayne's bosses Bryan 'Birdman' Williams and his brother, Ronald, eventually cost him a spot on the Young Money Entertainment roster, and he ended up signing to RCA Records for the 2011 release of his solo album, Revolver.

The much-hyped T-Wayne album has still yet to be released.

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