By Gil Kaufman
It's like Superman without his cape, or Flavor Flav without the giant clock. Run-DMC without their Adidas and Kangols, the SW1's without their berets and military gear or Lil Wayne without his braids.
Some things in hip-hop just don't go. Just don't tell T-Pain, because on Thursday (June 2) the "King of the Ringtone" vowed that he was putting up the Auto-Tune for good and never again using the voice-distorting studio trick that made him a Grammy winning superstar.
"I'm done with Auto-Tune," Teddy Pain said in a statement that surely made Jay-Z smile. "I vow right here, right now, to never use Auto-Tune again. I'm onto something that I think is bigger and better called The T-Pain Effect.”
But now he says he's hooked up with the audio technology company iZotope on "Effect," which he did not describe, but which sounds like a new kind of vocal processing program. Pain's new album, rEVOLVEr is due out in the fall.
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