Despite delayed release dates and his split from Def Jam, one upside to HOVA’s much-anticipated Blueprint 3 (follow-up to Blueprints 1 and 2) is that the album promises to be free of Auto-Tune—the software responsible for T-Pain and Paris Hilton‘s musical careers. Kanye West, one of the album’s many producers, told MTV News, “We actually removed all the songs with Auto-Tune off of his album to make the point that this is an anti-Auto-Tune album, even though I released an album that has all Auto-Tune.”
On that album, 808’s and Heartbreak, West used Auto-Tune on every track, a move the New York Times praised for it’s retro minimalism. But does Kanye’s love of robot-voice clash in-studio with Jigga’s desire to go au naturel? According to MTV News,
“It doesn’t matter to me,” Kanye laughed about Jay not wanting to incorporate the sound that is featured so heavily on Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak. “It’s music; it’s just sonics. I like Auto-Tune so I do it, but you want the other thing — like you’ll wear a suit to a wedding and gym shoes to a basketball game. I think it’s a perfect moment for Jay to provide some gym shoes to a basketball game right now.”
Whatever that means. Hopefully Jay’s gym shoes kick Auto-Tune’s robot ass outta rap for good, or at least spark a brief return to humanity.