By now everyone knows Jay-Z doesn’t like the use of the auto-tune in hip hop. He’s dissing the use of it hard in his new single Death of Auto-Tune. His primary argument against the use of auto-tune is that it’s being overdone and unoriginal.
He disses the auto-tune despite the fact that one of his most popular artist, Kanye West, used it throughout his entire last studio album 808 and Heartbreaks. Most would say if every rapper misused the auto-tune the way Kanye West did with that album then Jay would have a very credible argument.
What’s really been amazing about Jay-Z’s attack on the auto-tune is the fact that one of it’s biggest users, like T-Pain is just allowing Jay-Z to knock their meat and potatoes. And let’s face it, the auto-tune is T-Pain’s meat, potatoes, wine and dessert.
T-Pain’s like, I’m cool with Jay-Z dissing it, but I’m still going to use it. And that’s cool, but does Jay-Z even have the right to diss anyone overdoing or overusing anything?
Let’s be honest, most of Jay-Z’s music throughout his career is about how much money he’s made selling dope, chillin’ with the ladies or how much money he has and spends. By any chance is being a notorious drug dealing rapper with lots of loot sound overdone and unoriginal to anyone?
It’s just amazing to see all these artists out there allowing one rapper that has overdone selling dope and flashing cash in his own rhymes knock something that’s actually making them a lot of cash, even if the hater is Shawn Carter. And, yes, the auto-tune is overdone and tired, but isn’t rapping about selling dope and flashing money around is too?
A good argument to rap about is how to make hip hop smarter at the same time being entertaining. That would be something really original to rap about.
Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 is scheduled to drop September 11th, where he will officially proceed to bring death to the auto-tune.