Byrd Gang leader Jim Jones elaborated on his response to Jay-Z’s “Death of Autotune” record by claiming the rap mogul’s anti-Autotune campaign would harm young artists.
Speaking on “106 & Park,” Jones also said Jay-Z avoided him at Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert last Sunday (June 7) in New Jersey.
“We’re getting money off of autotune, it’s just sounding like somebody’s trying to knock a hustle and I don’t think that’s a little bit gangster if you ask me,” Jones explained. “We getting money. He’s knocking the hustle, ya dig? If these young men are making money off of autotune why would you try to stop that, when you got all the money already? I seen him [at Summer Jam], I don’ think he wanted to see me. He almost stopped the whole concert because he said I was in the way of him getting on stage and all of that. But that’s politics for the game, ya dig? How you doing? We back, we ballin’, we poppin’ champagne.” (106 & Park)
Jones originally poked fun at Jay’s song in a Twitter posting following the concert.
“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)
In a recent interview, Jigga said the song worked due to the public’s overall response to it.
“I’m not saying autotune is wack,” Jay told radio personality Angie Martinez earlier this week. “I’m not saying that, I just put a soundtrack to it, I put a voice to it. If people wasn’t feeling this way then the record wouldn’t work the way it would…The culture is bigger than the politics.” (The Angie Martinez Show)
Fabolous recently spoke with SOHH about his reaction to Jay’s “Death of Autotune” cut.
“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)
Check out Jones’ interview on “106 & Park” below: