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Drip Too Hard

by Lil Baby & Gunna

I confess that I’m fed up to the back teeth with hip-hop’s blanket abuse of vocal Auto-Tune, a technique which I trust history will smile on as kindly as it has the gated reverb of the ’80s. Still, some producers are alleviating the tedium a fraction by tweaking the formula. For example, here it sounds like the default chromatic setting has been replaced with something like an A pentatonic scale, which catches the ear by adding an appealingly musical scalar quality to the fall-offs at the ends of many of the vocal phrases. (For another similar tactic, check out my critique of Sheck Wes’s 'Mo Bamba'.)