Jay-Z on Auto-Tune: ‘Let’s Move On’

Jay-Z has killed Auto-Tune and now he’s confessing to the crime.

Hov called into Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show on Friday after he premiered his new song, “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune).” He addressed the trend that’s been sweeping hip-hop. “Let’s move it forward. The guys who did it, did it great,” he told Flex. “If you listen to T-Pain, he does great melodies. If you listen to Kanye… If you listen to ‘Say You Will’ or ‘[Welcome to] Heartbreak,” they’re great melodies. ‘Lollipop’ was a fantastic melody. Now everybody can’t do it. Let them guys do it. They got their little niche. Now let’s move on.”

Jigga elaborated on the reason he recorded the Auto-Tune killer. “My intention was just to draw a line in the sand. This is what I do.”

While he cited “Heartless” and “Lollipop” as records that benefited from Auto-Tune, he feels it’s been overdone. “Those are things that can stand up without it. At this point, it’s like a crutch. Other people may not feel the same way.”

Jay-Z also confirmed his deal with Atlantic Records, the label on which he will release The Blueprint 3, and explained the end of his relationship with Def Jam. “Def Jam and Universal did a beautiful thing. They let me pay. They overcharged me a little bit, but I appreciate all the years they put into my career. I could never have a record deal.”