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

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
"D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Tame rap complains about overuse of technology in music.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

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


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


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."

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKevinBeezy July 3, 2009

Great Track

Another great track by the master Jay-Z. Song was produced great and the vibe of this track is just crazy. It's got a good meaning behind it too and it has... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Kid, 11 years old December 23, 2009


this song started his hot streak it was right before the hit run this town.

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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