T-Pain, who has notoriously used Auto-Tune to distort his voice in the past, may have given the pitch correcting service the final boot it needed from the industry for good.
Since 2009, Jay Z has been trying to get rid of Auto-Tune; he declared it uncool and initiated the “D.O.A (Death of Auto-Tune)” on the “Blueprint 3,” as reported by The Washington Post.
T-Pain showed the world at his NPR tiny desk concert that he never needed Auto-Tune. In the video, T-Pain sings some of his greatest hits without the Auto-Tune we expect to hear in his songs, and it’s strange but at the same time amazing. His voice will surprise most listeners.
Listen to it here:
T-Pain was known for using Auto Tune to alter his voice to create the futuristic sound that his fans fell in love with.
The same thing that made him so popular is what eventually caused his musical decline. He lived at the top of the charts throughout the mid 2000’s, but fell off around 2010. He blames the use of Auto-Tune for souring his career.
—“People felt like I was using it to sound good,” T-pain says in an upcoming interview on All Things Considered. “But I was just using it to sound different,” Time reported.
There is a general widespread hatred for the service across the industry because most people view it as cheating. It allows artists to correct their pitches when they are singing, so most people associate the use of the service with those who cannot actually sing. T-Pain proved that his use of Auto-Tune was not to mask his voice’s shortcomings, but instead to make himself stand out from other artists.