News: Maino Crowns T-Pain Autotune King, "I Wouldn't Use Nobody Else"

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2009 2:05PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Maino recently spoke on T-Pain's auto-tune trend-setting and why he feels Jay-Z's "D.O.A." won't put an end to the sound.

In addition to speaking on Pain, the Brooklyn, New York-bred emcee also said he would refuse to apply auto-tune to his voice.

"As far as I'm concerned I wouldn't use nobody else that was auto-tuned on a record with me because to me [T-Pain] is the one who brought it to the new generation," Maino said in an interview. "He's the author of it. Do I think auto-tune will be dead? No. Some people want to do auto-tune, some people don't. I never felt the urge to use auto-tune on my voice and I never will. I'm just not a follower like that. That's not how I came in the game, so that's not something I'm going to pick up." (Honey Mag)

Pain recently said Jay's controversial record helped motivate him.

"Now Jay-Z done dropped the 'Death of Autotune' and it's time for me to come back," Pain said in an interview last month. "Oh yeah [I'm still using it]. Definitely now. Jay-Z said something...I gotta do it now. It's nothing outta the ordinary, so I'm ready." (MTV)

Fabolous previously reached out to SOHH about his reaction to the song.

"Jay-Z is like the so to say trend killer if he states that something is done," said Fab. "Certain people may feel that way but never say it...but Jay, he'll take the stand and everybody be feelin' that way and be like, 'Yeah Jay's a hero for saying what we've been feeling.' I think what Jay is trying to do is help people get back to the talent of rapping. Let's get some artistry back in the music, some good writing. I think 'Death of Autotune' is dope. I think it's good for the climate too. At some point a lot of these kids, artists are coming out and they're just putting this autotune on their voice... I guess Jay is just tired of everybody jumping on that bandwagon. I kinda was over it too." (SOHH)

Jay later explained the controversy behind "D.O.A" with radio personality Tim Westwood.

"Absolutely, it shook it up," Jay said about the song's impact. "It shook the town up. 'D.O.A.' for me, the meaning of it was really, it was more of a challenge than a diss record. I guess a lot of people took it as a diss record but for me it was more of a challenge. For me it was more of a challenge, you know, let's go. That's been done, we done that. That sounds good, I like the way those records sound. I'm not saying I hate auto-tune, I hate a hundred thousand people using it 'cause I don't wanna hear the same record over and over again. I'm a fan of music so that was my push to my peers, to the music business in general to a counter cultural movement. Hip-Hop is about if you're doing that, I'm doing this. Everybody doing their own thing and being individuals. I felt we were losing that." (Tim Westwood TV)

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