News: Twista & The Game Question Jay-Z's "Auto-Tune" Message, "T-Pain Stays, Old N*gga Goes"

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2009 11:35AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

While Twista took a diplomatic approach, he joined the chorus of voices including The Game who have rebuffed Jay-Z's controversial "Death of Autotune" record and have sided with the popular voice-altering machine.

In addition to using the function, Twista said he appreciates the overall sound, while respecting Jay for the song's message.

"I like using it," Twista said in an interview. "Really, I like the sh*t! But look, I love the Jay song too. I respect the Jay song for what it is, and he definitely put a mark to it. But, I still feel that's a sound -- like a new sound that artists use in music today that to me really complements the era that we in as far as how far we came with technology. Everybody on some space sh*t now. The autotune to me that represents that ol' space vibe or that futuristic vibe. So I kinda like it. Now as far as what he saying about it, is like man, I'ma just tell you the truth, I'm one of them cold n*ggas. He ain't talkin' about me, so I can do as much autotune as I wanna do. I'll kill these n*ggas." (Hip Hop DX)

The Game, who is currently in a rap battle against Jay, has sided with autotune hitmaker T-Pain as heard on his new "I'm So Wavy" record.

"This about Hov," Game says in the song. "Time to chop down the Roc and take it to the stove. 'D.O.A.?' No. T-Pain stays, old n*gga goes...What you f*cking with [Kan]ye for? 'D.O.A.,' n*gga? Please. I loved 808's & Heartbreak. Loved 'Lockdown' my sh*t." ("I'm So Wavy")

Jamie Foxx recently explained his thoughts on Jay's song.

"Autotune is not dead but that's Jay-Z and I understand what he's doing in the hip-hop world," Foxx explained in an interview. "He's challenging those guys who are simply relying on it and you know that's what hip-hop is...But for Jay-Z, he's a god when it comes to hip-hop. So I'ma ride with him no matter what. I don't think the song is meant to tell everyone that's using autotune to stop what they're doing because you can't stop a movement. Everything runs its course, but when it comes to real emcees, Jay-Z never has to do another record in his life...Even with 'Blame It' with as good as it is right now, 'Blame It' will never hold a candle to 'Allow me to re-introduce myself...'" (OnBlast)

Fabolous previously spoke with SOHH about his reaction to the track.

"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)

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