Mary J. Blige Defends Auto-Tune: ‘To Each His Own’

'Do what you do, because I do what I do,' says the singer, who uses the effect in her new single, 'The One.'

[artist id="1220799"]Mary J. Blige[/artist] might have used Auto-Tune on her new single, “The One,” but the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul says that isn’t indicative of the rest of her upcoming album.

“This whole album I’ve done is Mary,” Blige said Thursday (June 11) as a guest on Angie Martinez’s New York radio show.

Blige said “The One” introduces the world to “Crazy Mary.” “It was for effect,” she said of using Auto-Tune. “I wanted ‘Crazy Mary’ to get her shine on. She couldn’t get her shine with my regular voice. I used the effect. I used it as a telephone effect or reverb.”

Blige said she’s indifferent to the whole Auto-Tune debate in the wake of Jay-Z’s “D.O.A.”

“I won’t say that it bothers me, because people do what they have to do,” she told Martinez. “I can’t pass judgment. Everyone else does what they do, and everyone has their own opinion. To each his own. Do what you do, because I do what I do.”

“The One” is the lead cut from Mary’s upcoming LP, which is due in November. Drake raps on the song — look out for his reference to the game Jenga.

“I’m actually a fan. Drake is incredible,” she said of her track guest. “I met him at Summer Jam, very respectable. That was the first time I met him. Really nice kid. I love the record [article id="1612424"]‘Best I Ever Had’[/article]. Every woman in the world should love that record. [He's] very innocent and humble. He’s like, ‘I’m just doing what I do and happy to be doing it.’ ”

During the interview, Blige talked about the hard work she’s put into her acting craft. She appears in the new Tyler Perry Film “I Can Do Bad by Myself,” which is slated for September.

Blige also talked about the now-infamous Internet footage of her stepdaughter punching Charles Hamilton in the jaw. Briana Latrise, who is Hamilton’s ex-girlfriend, punched him in the face during a rap battle when the MC got a little too disrespectful.

“I feel really bad,” said Blige, who questioned why the incident was put on the Net. “It doesn’t make me proud to see her doing things like that.”