Auto-turn on, Auto-Tune in, auto-drop out

What the hell is up with Ye’s obsession with Auto-Tune?  I just heard “Robocop”, a track off of Mr. West’s upcoming 808’s & Heartbreak.  Like the official singles “Love Lockdown” and “Heartless” that preceded it, the vocals are piped through Auto-Tune and the beat is layed down with TR-808.  Apparently the whole album is like this.  Kanye has said that he wanted “tribal drums” and not “typical hip-hop beats” on this album.  I’ve got news for him: he made his career with typical hip-hop beats.  He’s a typical hip-hop producer.  He doesn’t have the wherewithal to pull this off.  I’ve been increasingly annoyed with his growing ego, but I seem to be mostly alone in that respect.  He’s established enough of a fan base that 808’s will end up going platinum in no time.

I’ve been a fan of Kanye since he came to prominence.  I loved his first two albums and was proud to have a prominent hip-hop ambassador from Chicago.  But I was disappointed in Graduation and I expect 808’s to be worse.  Graduation‘s biggest hit should have just been credited to Daft Punk.  In a few short years, West has already managed to burn himself out.  Maybe if he focused a little less on building a brand around his name (and wasting time guesting on Ellen) and more time in the studio, he wouldn’t be in this position.  He’s soon to be overshadowed.  Hopefully Lupe decides to reneg on his plan to retire after lupEND.

At least Herbie Hancock is supposed to be coming in to do some production work on “Robocop”.  He might be able to pull something off.  After all, he basically invented the break beat.


2 Responses to “Auto-turn on, Auto-Tune in, auto-drop out”

  1. 1 Zoe
    October 5, 2014 at 10:46 am

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  2. 2 Carlotta Chintz
    December 1, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    I just listened to the album today, and I have to say that I really like it. Kanye has gone with the electric sound that made “Stronger” a hit, and made it darker and smoother. There is no doubt that this album will take you for a walk on the somber side of heartbreak, but that’s in the title (as well as the 808 part). What else could you expect?

    I will concede that Mr. West does get dangerously close to sounding like T-Pain with the vocals, but we’ll be generous and say that the beats themselves are enough to distinguish the two.

    Artists need room to re-invent themselves. I think this particular foray in a new direction is a fairly successful one, for what it is. He delivered exactly what he promised (although not as much “tribal drums” as I thought there would be), and if that’s not the Kanye you like, you can just wait for the next album and hope that he goes back to doing his old thing.

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