Jay-Z “D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)” isn’t really an anti-Autotune schpiel so much as it is, or tries to be, a repudiation of all of the new flashy, gimmicky things about hip-hop like Autotune and Soulja Boy ringtones, as well as a re-establishment of himself as the standard-bearer in legit hip-hop. As far as the former goes, Hov is about fifteen years too late, but pushing that whole “best rapper alive” thing is made a little more difficult when Jay-Z’s forced to do it over this stale beat. You know what could spice this up a little? Some of those newfangled, bright electronics that Hip-Hop/R&B artists have been using lately, like Aut–. Nevermind.
D.O.A. was produced by No I.D. and appears on Blueprint 3, set for release on September 11.