Jay-Z and T-Pain Jay-Z and T-Pain

According to a new viral video making its way around the Internet, T-Pain is no fan of Jay-Z and his “D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)” song. T-Pain is a regular user of the voice enhancing effect in his music and he had a few choice words for Jay-Z during a DJ set at a club in Las Vegas over the weekend.

“Jay-Z is 59 years old. I don’t think he has the right to say what’s good and what’s not,” Pain said at the club Rehab while on the mic. “I think if anything is dead, it should be him. … To any Jay-Z fans out in the crowd, excuse the f— outta me. But you don’t see me saying ‘rap is dead,’ even though it is. ‘Cause apparently all the rappers are trying to do T-Pain.”

Pain then started singing, “All rappers out there are using Auto-Tune …”

This is definitely a huge contrast to how he appeared to feel about the song early this summer when Jay-Z performed it for the first back in June at the Hot 97 Sumer Jam in New Jersey. Jay-Z says he felt like a fan was coming up to him when T-Pain made his surprise appearance during Jay-Z’s set.

“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 told Hot 97 a few months back. ” ‘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 … It was a little awkward, but it was cool.

“He didn’t mean any harm,” Jay continued. “He’s just embracing the record. You shouldn’t be confused by the message. I’m not saying Auto-Tune is wack. But leave that for them [T-Pain, Lil Wayne and Kanye West, artists who Jay said use it artistically]; it’s not for everybody. That’s how you stagnate hip-hop. You listen to the radio, and every single has Auto-Tune. So we have to get rid of that part.”

Jay-Z doesn’t even know where this is coming from. He explained his side of the situation during an interview with Power 105.1 in New York City early Tuesday (Sep 8), saying that he made the song because he feels like too many people are jumping on the auto tune bandwagon and watering the technique down.

“You have to ask him. I have no idea,” Jay explained to Ed Lover and Free about Pain’s comments. “I said he brought it back, at the time, which was cool at the time. I didn’t have a problem with it. I didn’t have a problem with a couple of people doing it, but when a whole genre of music is doing it, then it’s getting lame and it’s not cool to me. … I made it very clear I wasn’t talking about him. … ‘D.O.A.’ was just for the conversation whether you was for it or against it. Obviously some people felt that way. … You have to have two sides to have an argument.”

As for the recent comments about Jay’s age, he said, “Well, everybody has a birthday. I just don’t think they have much else to say. They can’t attack my credentials as an artist or my lyrics as an MC. You can’t really attack my lifestyle. What are you going to say about me?”

Jay was also a guest on New York’s Hot 97 on Tuesday morning, and when asked about Pain’s comments Jay shrugged it off, saying, “I hope he had a good time. I just hope he had a great time.”

Though T-Pain hasn’t spoke on the situation yet, Young Cast, a signee on his Nappy Boy recording label, says Pain was only joking and Fabolous, who tweeted about Pain’s comment before the video leaked, is making a big deal out of nothing.



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