Did you see T-Pain Auto-Tuning with Taylor Swift Tuesday at the Country Music Awards? During a skit, Taylor Swift has a three-part dream. One of her dreams is to make a rap record.Death Of Auto-Tune." Instead, Taylor actually has the nerve to record a track and video with T-Pain, the guy Jay-Z blames on "D.O.A." for ruining the genre.
In the 90-second video spoof "Thug Story," cutesy Swift adopts gangsta attire, a white T, diamond-encrusted grill and plenty of bling around her neck as she raps alongside T-Pain about her thuggish tales of living with her parents, baking cookies and not owning a gun.CMT review for her take.) Still, the timing is great, considering all the attention Jay-Z has been getting for "D.O.A."
I know that T-Pain didn't make this Taylor Swift video to spite Jay-Z. But in a way, it still feels like he did. Just two weeks ago, Jay-Z released a song that says that hip-hop is in a horrible state because of Auto-Tune and names checks T-Pain. And when interviewed by Hot 97's Angie Martinez, Jay said he would be fine if the song prompted T-Pain to never speak to him again.
But the best part is that T-Pain is completely unfazed.
Not only does T-Pain walk on stage while Jay-Z is performing this diss song at Hot 97's Summer Jam in New York, a week later, he is on the CMT awards "T-Paining" with country sweetheart Taylor Swift. T-Pain is bringing more mainstream attention to the style and reaching a whole new audience. You never know, a couple country artists might decide to jump on the bandwagon. Maybe this is already in the works.
I just like that T-Pain is focused and does not appear to be bothered by Jay-Z's opinion. That's good stuff.
Yeah, I think there is an over saturation of Auto-Tune songs in the marketplace. But I'm not mad at T-Pain. He is not forcing people to work with him and request his features and production work. If I were in his position, I would ride the wave too. He was smart to take the opportunity to work with Taylor Swift. The girl is LARGE.
- Taylor Swift