The newest song released off Jay-Z's upcoming album, The Blueprint 3, is not particularly earth-shaking in its musicality, but rather for its statement, entitled “D.O.A.,” or Death of Auto-Tune.

But what is auto-tune? The term has been a particular source of both fervor and heated contention throughout both pop and rap oeuvres over the last year or two, becoming radio-ubiquitous to the point that many are likely exposed to it (willingly or otherwise) without knowing what it is.

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