Auto-Tune is a proprietary audio processor created by Antares Audio Technologies that uses a phase vocoder to correct pitch in vocal and instrumental performances. It is used to disguise inaccuracies and mistakes, and has allowed many artists to produce more precisely tuned recordings.
In addition to being used to subtly change pitch, with some settings it can be used as an effect to deliberately distort the human voice.
I had an interesting convo with my friend yesterday in regards to Mos Def’s latest battle request to Jay Z. See video below if you haven’t heard. The conversation went from discussing is Jay Z what he claims, the king of rap to is Jay Z mad because he couldn’t use auto tunes in any of his music because it would hurt his career. Well I had to express my opinion in regards to Jay Z being the King of rap. If that is how he feels that is his opinion. At the end of the day this is a business. Mos Def took the statement personal because he states that Jay Z is being disrespectful to the likes of Slick Rick and Rakim. First of all Slick Rick was never the King of rap. Rakim has a totally different style all together. Also, Slick Rick use to do the same kind of bubble gum rap that Jay currently does. If Jay turned around and started getting hood with his lyrics again you know what would happen right???? He would lose business hence he would lose money. It’s like everyone wanting Mary J. Blige to start singing about pain again. No can do cause she is in a different place in her life right now. So does this mean she is not keeping it real???? Now don’t get me wrong I like Mos Def but I think his battle request is far fetched. In regards to auto tunes I think Jay is right it’s run it’s course and everyone shouldn’t depend on T-Pain sounds to get a hit. The robotic auto tune sound is becoming old quickly……… It’s all about the benjamins! Kick push!