When the mainstream is the avant-garde of the past

Very rarely I see my teenage musical dreams fulfilled many years later, and the video for “Chopped N Screwed” by T-Pain featuring Ludacris [embedding disabled by T-Pain himself] can be considered such a fulfillment.

The doubling of the beats, imitated in the vocals (”chopped, chopped” and all over Ludacris’ verse), sounds as a counterpoint for the electronic imitation of T-Pain’s vocals that the auto-tune generates (see T-Pain vs. his Vocoder for additional commentary). Meanwhile, the video effects are straight out of a Richard James-era Aphex Twin video.  You know I’m a sucker for oversaturation, and this video delivers sonically and visually.

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