Maureen Miller Takes On Jay-Z


Have you  heard Jay-Z’s “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”? It’s a damn good track (though some take issue with Jay for swinging at certain artists while leaving other auto-tuners, read his friends, pretty much unscathed).

Fair or not, all you really need to know is that the title of the song says it all: Mr. Shawn Carter is declaring the art of running your voice through a box dead. Of course declaring something dead and something actually being dead are not one and the same.

Luckily we’ve got Maureen Miller’s hilarious parody of “D.O.A.”, “D.O.B. (Death of Baritone),” to keep us occupied while we’re waiting to see whether auto-tune lives or dies.

The best part? Not only is the parody funny, but with rhymes like “I know you like pained facial expressions, but your singles are suggesting Victorian sexual repression” it is also really, really good.

Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. Formerly of The Rumpus and McSweeney’s and most recently the founding editor of BuzzFeed Books, Isaac is now the co-host of BuzzFeed News’ Twitter Morning Show, #AMtoDM. He also appears frequently on The Today Show to talk books, and is co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) (winner of an IACP award), and the author of a YA novel and picture book forthcoming from Bloomsbury. He uses Twitter. More from this author →