News: T-Pain & Ron Browz Speak Out On "Death Of Autotune," "A Hot Record Is A Hot Record" [Video]

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2009 7:34AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Autotune hitmakers T-Pain and Ron Browz have shared their reactions to Jay-Z's "Death of Autotune (D.O.A)" record and offered their personal opinions on the voice-changing machine.

Feeling honored by the track, Pain said he felt Jay's song paid tribute to his sound of music.

"That affected me in a great way man," Pain said in an interview about the song. "And I made sure I honored him, it's a great song. That's like the best song I've heard in a couple of years. It's great that somebody that important stepped up and vouched for me. That just makes me ready to come back out and do my thing." (MTV)

While not as direct, Browz said the streets should be able to judge whether a song's usage of autotune is hot or not.

"I'm just doing my thing pretty much," Ron told radio personality Miss Info in an interview. "I make fun records that everybody sing-a-long and that's what I'ma continue to do. I'm contributing to hip-hop...Hip-Hop at the end of the day is fun. So I just took autotune to have some fun with it. Snoop [Dogg] did it, he was having fun with it. Pain, [Lil Wayne] and 50 Cent played around with it for a minute, it's just fun...That's like sampling is out, oh no, you can't sample records any more? Sampling is a part of hip-hop...At the end of the day, a hot record is a hot record and a wack record is a wack record, if it's got autotune or not. The streets are gonna tell you." (Dime Wars)

Jim Jones poked fun at Jay's song in a recent Twitter posting.

"Above all Summer Jam was dope," Jones wrote via Twitter unmodified. "And I got to see Jay-Z who refused to get out of his van when he saw my pretty face. We was mobbin', he's still a sucka...A old sucka. lol. We back and if he killed autotune then we must be Easter the resurrection. lol Shouts to Soulja Boy Tell Em, he ripped...I saw Jay-Z and Tata they didn't say nothin but sit they a** down when they saw the Spartan 300's lol...I'm glad to see I got everyone on Twitter's attention. I love Twitter, it's trouble maker, good morning everyone." (Jim Jones' Twitter)

"Death of Autotune" also struck a cord with DJ Webstar.

"Who heard old a** Jay-Z hating," he wrote via Twitter. "Bottom line is a 40 year-old can't relate to a 17 or 22 year-old so he could never end my career. @bowwow614 I know he's a legend bro, just like you a legend but I don't give a f*ck about that just 'cause you a legend don't mean you take out my family's mouth. At the end of the day he's a human just like me, he ate already enough for everybody, let the young n*gga's eat. I know y'all said he ain't say my name but who else could he be talking about besides me and [Ron] Browz? He shouted everybody else out that do it. And I only have two songs with autotune anyway but still right is right and wrong is wrong, legend or not!" (DJ Webstar's Twitter)

Check out Ron Browz's interview below:

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