T-Pain Says Kanye West Uses Auto-Tune Wrong

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T-Pain Says Kanye West Uses Auto-Tune Wrong

Florida native explains misconceptions behind computerized vocals.

Published October 29, 2014

T-Pain is an Auto-Tune aficionado, and he's calling out Kanye West for not using the tool correctly.

In an interview with HuffPost Live, promoting his new upcoming greatest hits album Happy House, the Florida native shared the “common misconceptions” behind Auto-Tune, and what West has been doing wrong. “When people hear Auto-Tune, they know that it’s used so much [as] a crutch, and I use it to turn my voice into an instrument," the Florida native told host Marc Lamont Hill. “Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of guys who use Auto-Tune that just cannot sing. The only person I heard use it correctly like I use it was Chris Brown [and] Jamie Foxx.”

Yeezy’s Auto-Tune execution is apparently shoddy because he doesn’t follow T-Pain’s lead. “Kanye uses it, but he doesn’t use it correctly,” explained T-Pain. “He makes great music with it, but the way that I use it and the way that I’ve shown Chris and Jamie to use it, he doesn’t use it that way.

“He sings without it first and then he puts it on after he’s done with the vocals. You don’t know how it’s going to come out, you can’t catch your mistakes before they happen. So sometimes it gets a little bit wobbly and things like that.”

According to T-Pain, the one time West was successful in computerizing his voice was on the album 808s & Heartbreaks, and that’s only because he had the proper help. “[808s & Heartbreak] was actually pretty good, but I had a lot to do with that album,” he pointed out before comparing the album to his 2005 debut, Rappa Ternt Sanga.

T-Pain’s constructive criticism isn’t the first time he’s mentioned West in the press recently. In January, he claimed the Chicago MC recorded a diss to let him know that his music was “weak.”  

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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