Just spotted this at Byron Crawford's house, and it's really pretty surprising. In a recent interview, Phonte of Little Brother and the Foreign Exchange expressed his dislike of Kanye West's latest album, 808s and Heartbreak (Review). Claiming that Kanye simply does not have enough talent to sing for a whole album, Phonte argues that him using autotune was, more or less, a musical cop out. You can listen to the interview via a zshare link below. I applaud Phonte's honesty in speaking his mind. It will be interesting to see if this develops into anything else, especially since Phonte's two latest albums (Leave It All Behind and Zo and Tigallo Sing the 80s) have featured him singing. I hesitantly gave 808s a spot on my Best Non-Hip-Hop Albums of 2008 list, if only for the fact that that album did not completely suck even though I strongly dislike autotune. What do you people think? Does Phonte have a point? How badly would he destroy Kanye in a (rapping) battle? Or are his comments completely unwarranted? Take a listen and decide for yourself.
Phonte Disses Kanye (Audio)