There has been some recent buzz about the, now frequent, use of the autotune. Some would argue that before T-Pains recent success with tool, it hadn't been utilized since the late 80's. Others say it's always been around, T-Pain just made it mainstream. Regardless of which side of the spectrum you fall on, it can't be doubted that T-Pain's ,once unique, sound is being heavily used.
Well Diddy sides with T-Pain on this issue. In recent interviews, both have admitted that Diddy has paid T-Pain royalties for the use of the autotune.
Diddy told MTV at the TRL finale that he gave T-Pain one point on his up-coming album due to its heavy Auto-Tune influence.
"Diddy actually gave me royalties on this album just for using Auto-Tune," says T-Pain. "He signed the contract and everything. If I can do that with Diddy, somebody else better be signing something. It's Diddy. He didn't have to involve me at all. I'm writing and producing on his album, and he gave me extra royalties on top of that for using something I just brought back." T-Pain told MTV in a recent interview.
Well in case you doubted their statements, here is T-Pain, his manager & Diddy in the studio, finalizing his percentage.
This move of showmanship is anything but minor. So does this mean that everyone who has kareoked the autotune should, at least, credit T-pain or get like Diddy and pay him royalties?