Monday, June 08, 2009

MUSIC: Jay-Z's "Death of Autotune"

Are you tired of the autotune effect that is often manipulated by T-Pain, Akon, Sean Kingston and most recently Kanye?

Well, apparently Jay-Z has had enough and he's released a track called "D.O.A.," which stands for Death of Autotune. He raps over a big band orchestra to emphasize the importance of constructing diverse beats in the studio. Check out the intro:
"This is anti-autotune / death of the ringtone / this aint for iTunes / this aint for sing-alongs / this is Sinatra at the opera..."
He goes on to complain about commercialism:
"I know we facing a recession / but the music ya'll making / going to make it the Great Depression."
And he even harps on half-assed rappers:
"You rappers singing too much / get back to rap / you T-Paining too much"

The truth though is that the trumpet sounds like it's being murdered. The lyrics might be substantially impressive, but I think it needs a better backbeat. What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. 'constructing diverse beats in the studio' my left foot - problem i have is jz calling people out for using auto tune and the crutch of his song is a sample (check, in the space by janko nilovic) - otherwise, i like the trumpet, lyrics are decent.