"D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)" (CD single)

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Tame rap complains about overuse of technology in music.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

"...this just violent, This is death of autotune, ah moment of silence." Lyrics aren't especially violent -- any violence targets musical styles, not  people. 

Sex

Very mild: "This is Sinatra at the opera, bring a blonde, Preferably with a fat a-- who can sing a song."

Language

The word "nigger" is used in many verses of this song and is directed at rappers who Jay-Z is taking musical issue with. On the edited version this word is changed to "rapper."

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this single is pretty mild, save for the repeated use of the word "nigger." Jay-Z takes aim at rappers who use Autotune (the audio processor that creates near perfect pitch) and other electronic production techniques in their music.

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What's the story?

It's only been two years since Jay-Z released an album, but a lot has changed on the rap scene in that short time. For one thing, rappers like Lil Wayne and Kanye West have morphed into singers...that is with a little help from their friends in the studio. Jay-Z is tired of all the over-production. On D.O.A. (DEATH OF AUTOTUNE) he explains why real rap isn't about electronic harmonies, it's about killer rhymes.

Is it any good?

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Jay-Z and producer No I.D. offer listeners a sparse, straightforward single that expertly employs the samples of Janko Nilovic's "In the Space." At times though, the single drags with sluggish rhymes and a rap chorus that seems to be begging for a melodic hook. But Jay-Z stays true to his message and this is rap at its purest. Hardcore fans will probably appreciate the jazz-infused style, but listeners looking for more dance-inspiring rap (or those who like Autotune) might be want to look elsewhere.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Jay-Z's beef with Autotune. Do you agree with him that rappers should stick to using their natural voice  or should artists be allowed to express themselves using whatever type of artificial help they can get? Is playing around with electronic techniques part of hip-hop culture? Or, do you think electronic aids make singers lazy and creates robo- music?

Music details

Artist:Jay-Z
Release date:June 5, 2009
Label:Atlantic
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 October 16, 2012
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doa death autotune cd single

Families can talk about Jay-Z's beef with Autotune. Do you agree with him that rappers should stick to using their natural voice or should artists be allowed to express themselves using whatever type of artificial help they can get? Is playing around with electronic techniques part of hip-hop culture? Or, do you think electronic aids make singers lazy and creates robo- music?
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old December 23, 2009
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10
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perfect

this song started his hot streak it was right before the hit run this town.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old August 25, 2009
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9
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one of the best rapper in the world

jay-z rules
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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