[url id="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/t_pain/artist.jhtml"]T-Pain[/url] isn’t budging from his Auto-Tune use in the wake of Jay-Z’s new song, “D.O.A.” In fact, the Tallahassee star is embracing song’s message. The computer-aided singer recently revealed on Twitter that he plans to push up the release of his new album from next year to this November instead.
“I’m droppin a new album called UBER,” T-Pain wrote.
“The album just got pushed up,” Pain told MTV News on Sunday (June 7) during the Hot 97 Summer Jam concert. “It was gonna come out September next year. [The record label], they’re making me come out November this year. It makes the label look straight. I was gonna chill, because it was so many people that do what I do — now Jay-Z done dropped the ‘Death of Auto-Tune’ and it’s time for me to come back.”
And yes, Pain says he will be using the vocal enhancement style he re-popularized.
“Oh yeah,” he said about whether he’ll still use Auto-Tune. “Definitely now. Jay-Z said something … I gotta do it now. It’s nothing outta the ordinary, so I’m ready.”
Jay-Z’s anti-Auto-Tune track debuted last week on New York radio station Hot 97 and immediately put the spotlight on T-Pain, the artist most recognized for using the program. But Jay singled out the “rappa turnt sanga,” along with Kanye West and Lil Wayne as talents who aren’t beholden to the pitch-correcting device. Shortly after his interview with MTV, T-Pain even appeared onstage with Jay when the Brooklyn wordsmith performed the song at Summer Jam.
“I look and I see somebody to my right, and I swear I thought it was a fan coming up to me to hug me,” Jay explained in a Hot 97 radio interview about T-Pain joining him. ” ‘Cause I didn’t see who it was. I thought it was some cool, rock-star stuff. And then I saw him move again, and I looked back. I guess [T-Pain] wanted to get close to me.”
Jay called the moment “awkward, but cool” and told DJ Angie Martinez he wasn’t sure if T-Pain would take offense to the song.
For his part, T-Pain said he wasn’t so sure either — he Tweeted, “I don’t know if Hov was dissin me or not, but I would rather have him dissin me if that’s what it takes to make good music.”
In the wake of “D.O.A.” and the debate about Auto-Tune, T-Pain seems to want to capitalize on the moment. He even gave Jay props right back on the track. And while some of the offending Auto-Tune parties figure out what to do next, T-Pain is gonna put the final touches on Uber.
” ‘D.O.A.’ is the best song I’ve heard in a couple years,” T-Pain said on his Twitter page. “Watch me get back out here and do my thang.”