"T-PAIN VOWS TO NEVER USE AUTO-TUNE AGAIN!" barked a press release today. "What!?" screamed the 10 people who really care about T-Pain. But how will he get his signature robot-voice without digital assistance? "I'm onto something that I think is bigger and better called The T-Pain Effect," he said. Oh, well, it all makes sense now.
So this proclamation wasn't another apology to Jay-Z (it'd have been his second of the week!), but the announcement of a business partnership. T-Pain will be working with a company called iZotope on a new vocal-processing effect, which will likely feature on his fall album rEVOLVEr. iZotope makes a ton of software including iDrum, an iPhone app that allows users to create beats on the fly using material from RZA, Underworld, and Major Lazer.
It was never clear whether T-Pain was a paid shill for Auto-Tune, but since he mentioned the pitch-shifting software every time he opened his mouth, he eventually did team up with the company on the mobile app I Am T-Pain, which made way for the I Am T-Pain Mic -- you know, the one Britney uses.
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