Saturday, June 6, 2009

Jay-Z - D.O.A.(Death Of Autotune) (Dirty/CDQ)




New Hov? You had to know I was gonna post this. The first official "leak" off of Jay-Z's long awaited The Blueprint³, produced by No I.D. and Kanye West (Props to IllRoots for the track). This joint is bound to tighten some jaws (pause).

La da da da...hey, hey, hey...goodbye...

Good riddance!

Hold up...

Only nigga to re-write history without a pen
No I.D. on the track, let the story begin, begin, begin...

This is anti-autotune, death of the ringtone
This ain't for iTunes, this ain't for sing-alongs
This is Sinatra at the opera, bring a blond
Preferably wit a fat ass who can sing a song
Wrong. This ain't politically correct
This might offend my political connects
My raps don't have melodies
This shit make niggas want go and commit felonies
Get your chain tooken, I may do it myself, I'm so Brooklyn
I know we facin' a recession,
but the music y'all makin' gon' make it the great depression
All your lack of aggression, pull your skirt back down, grow a set, men
Nigga, this shit violent, this is death of autotune, moment of silence

La da da da...hey, hey, hey...goodbye...

Hold up...

Only nigga to re-write history without a pen
No I.D. on the track, let the story begin, begin, begin...

Hold up...

This ain't a number one record
This is practically assault with a deadly weapon
I made this just for Flex and
Mr. Cee, I want niggas to feel threatened
Stop your bloodclot cryin'
The kid, the dog, everybody dyin', no lyin'
You niggas jeans too tight, your colors too bright, your voice too light
I might wear black for a year straight
I might bring back Versace shades
This ain't for Z100, 'Ye told me to kill y'all to keep it one hunnid
This is for Hot97, this shit for Clue, for Khalid, for We The Best and
Nigga, this shit violent, this is death of autotune, moment of silence

La da da da...hey, hey, hey...goodbye...

Hold up...

Only nigga to re-write history without a pen
No I.D. on the track, let the story begin, begin, begin...

Hold up...

This shit need a verse from Jeezy
I might send this to the mixtape Weezy
Get somebody from BMF to talk on this
Get this to a Blood, let a Crip walk on it
Gimme a thou' to style on this (?)
I just don't need nobody to smile on this
Y'all niggas singin' too much
Get back to rap, you T-Painin' too much
I'm a multi-millionaire, so how is it I'm still the hardest nigga here?
I don't be in the project hallway talkin' bout how I be in the project all day
That sounds stupid to me, if you a gangsta, this is how you prove it to me
Nigga, just get violent, this is death of autotune, moment of silence

La da da da...hey, hey, hey...goodbye...


Jay sounds invigorated over a track that immediately conjures a jazzier version of "Takeover" from The Blueprint. Jay's flow is sharp but simple, nonchalantly admonishing the Hipster/Hip-Pop movement with a light but biting commentary on the music that's been slowly driving "real rap" off radio and iTune playlists. A few cats get tapped, namely Yung Berg, but there was a backhanded comment about the "mixtape Weezy" and I know Diddy's upcoming album, Last Train To Paris, is supposed to be heavily influenced by autotune. I guess Kanye took autotune to it's zenith with 808's and Hov brings it back by burying it. Nice. Although he's obviously channeling B.I.G./Beanie Sigel with the "Uh" adlibs, it works. Hov delivers a vintage performance (circa 2001) and sounds as inspired on this track as on anything on American Gangster. Definitely a good sign.

The Blueprint³ is supposed to hit retailers (or bootleggers, depending on how you get down) on September 11th, the same day the OG album dropped in '01. The first single, "Off That featuring Drake", is supposed to drop sometime in July. Bashing autotuners but buddied up with Drake on the very next song?

Seems like the old head is hedging his bets.

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