Auto-Tune: Do or Don't? Discovery says yes, Jay-Z says NO

Oh where did this all start? Although Roger Troutman or Teddy Riley are often credited for the first use of auto-tune, that was in fact the talkbox. I once heard that the pioneer of auto-tuning is none other than Cher. That’s right, ‘Do you believe in liiiiife after looooove!?’ Who knew this diva would influence artists in totally different genres.

T-Pain Auto-tune

Now it seems auto-tune is for the masses. Haters tend to target T-Pain, the most notorious (ab)user of auto-tune, but some others include Akon, Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West. Now we see it spreading from R&B to indie rock with Discovery, the much talked-about love child of Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot.

Personally, I’m at a loss. I do not know what to think of auto-tune. I had no respect for T-Pain until I watched his interview with DJ Skee of Los Angeles’ KIIS-FM. When asked about the active use of auto-tune in his music, he responded,

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DJ Earworm's The United State of Pop Mashup Video

DJ Earworm United State of Pop

So I stumbled across this interesting video/song a few days ago. DJ Earworm, a San Francisco-based mash-up artist, created a 4½ minute song from the top 25 hits of 2008, according to Billboard magazine. I was a little hesitant to post it, since most of the music that is included in this mash-up reminds me of how mediocre/boring the year 2008 was for pop music. Nevertheless, DJ Earworm manages to create a decent, catchy mash-up track, and an even better music video to go along with it. The tracklist for this mashup is as follows:

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Mixtape Mondays: The Hood Internet The Mixtape Volume Three

[caption id=”attachment_887” align=”alignnone” width=”500” caption=”The Hood Internet The Mixtape Volume Three”]The Hood Internet The Mixtape Volume Three[/caption]

Well what do you know, it’s that time of the week again. Let me tell you, you’re in for a treat. (Not that you aren’t every other Monday.) The guys behind The Hood Internet have made it on our weekly segment once again; they are quickly becoming one of our favorite mixtape producers. On The Mixtape Volume Three, the boys mix everything from Pimp C to Xiu Xiu to MSTRKRFT.

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