Lil Wayne: “Auto-Tune Ain’t Dead”


Vibe / October 15, 2009

It’s been months since Jay-Z dropped his controversial “D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)” track, but it’s still making waves.

Ask regular Auto-Tune user Lil Wayne about the program’s vitals and he’ll tell you it’s alive and well. In a recent interview with BBC’s Tim Westwood, he said the Auto-Tune effect isn’t going to die any time soon if he has any say.

“I was starting to think about naming my album–I got a new album coming out… After The Rebirth one–we gonna name it Rebirth 2: Rebirth of Auto-Tune,” Weezy said jokingly.

The tension over Auto-Tune hit a boiling point when T-Pain took offense to Jay’s “D.O.A.” First Pain dissed him in Vegas, then he clarified his comments saying he was frustrated. He even dropped an apologetic freestyle.

“There’s no such thing as ‘Death of Auto-Tune.’ T-Pain is my dude,” Lil Wayne told Westwood. “He’s on everybody single, he’s been on everybody single, and he had auto-tune on every single one of them. So, every song I do with him, he better have auto-tune on it.”

Wayne continued, “I love it. Keep your Auto-Tune popping. Auto-tune ain’t dead, you got the whole game using that. Don’t talk about the music I’ve heard [out in the UK], everybody is using Auto-Tune out here too. So, no death of Auto-Tune. I’ve heard songs [out in the UK]. You know at home, everybody got auto-tune. You can’t find a song without Auto-Tune,” he continued.

According to the rapper, there’s nothing wrong with using the vocal tuner, even if the market is being saturated by it.

“I say ‘If you know how to use it right–nah, if the song sound nice, do it.’ Why not?” Wayne said. “Auto-tune is like dollars. They didn’t make Auto-Tune to say ‘You can’t use it.’ Use it.”