I didn’t think anybody but T-Pain bought into the Autotune trend, but it looks like I was wrong.
Apple has released an iPhone application that allows you to Autotune your voice, and has apply called it “I Am T-Pain” after the rapper who brought the device to overwhelming mainstream employment. The app retails at $2.99 and comes with T-Pain’s instrumental discography as well as a Freestyle option that allows you to sing whatever the heck you want and sound like a robot.
T-Pain has actually based his career on his electronic-induced vocals, with songs like “Buy you a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” and even won a spot “singing” on the SNL’s Lonely Island skit, “I’m on a Boat.”
The app comes just weeks after Jay-Z released the single “Death of Autotune” on YouTube, where he slams the device, saying “I know we facin’ a recession/ but the music y’all makin’ gonna make it the Great Depression.”
T-Pain told MTV News he was “honored” by the song, somehow.
“That affected me in a great way, man. I made sure I honored him as a great songwriter . . . that’s like the best song I heard in a couple years, man,” he told MTV. “And it’s great that somebody that important stepped up and vouched for me.”
But Twitter reported something different this week. Fabolous spent his weekend tweeting from Rehab nightclub in Las Vegas where T-Pain was DJing and apparently slamming Jay-Z.
“Yo I’m at Rehab in Vegas.. T-Pain is Dj’ing.. Sayin Fuck Jay Z, he old, blah blah.. guess its backlash from D.O.A..,” Fabolous posted.
Apparently the DJ who followed T-Pain was unfazed and started his set with “Death of Autotune.”
Jay-Z has not responded, because Jay-Z doesn’t care.