Jay-Z may have killed autotune, but AmpLive wasnâ€™t ready to let it go without giving it a proper eulogy. Amp bids farewell to 2009’s warm old safety blanket (Snuggy?) on the lead single from his upcoming 2010 solo debut Murder at the Discotek. The song features Bay Area emcee/ producer Trackademicks and Mr. Micro.
“Gary is a Robot” is a video about, well, a robot named Gary. Created by mad scientist Dr. AmpLive in his California laboratory, Gary was conceived of equal parts swag, autotune, and duplication. Gary is a masterpiece to the ladies but his tendency to bite the swag of others rubs dudes the wrong way. This tendency to jock others’ style is to be his downfall. Trackademicks, whose verse serves as the centerpiece of the song, says, â€œItâ€™s about the originality that’s attached to everything. It’s great when someone comes up with a novel idea, but it’s their idea.” In short, “You can only do you.”
The song, much like it’s robo-namesake, is overflowing with swag and makes excellent use of the aforementioned autotune. Unlike Gary, however, AmpLive copied no one in creating the electro-symphony that is the track itself. “Gary” is the rare track that’s both addictively club-ready and has an on-point message. As Trackademicks says, “Lines have gotten blurred in 2009- people are getting away with things that wouldnâ€™t have used to fly.” As autotune, and all the line-blurring that goes with it, rides off into the sunset of 2009, AmpLive invites you to get an advance look at one of 2010’s hottest tracks right now.
“Gary is a Robot”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULC1AhqqLZk
AmpLive is a California producer and DJ best known as half of the hip-hop duo Zion I. AmpLive furthered his production career collaborating with Too $hort, Goapele, Planet Asia, Chali 2na, and Del the Funky Homosapien, as well as remixing works by MGMT, Linkin Park, and Radiohead, which became his highly publicized Rainydayz Remix 8-track collection. His work has also been featured in a number of movies and TV shows, including ESPN’s Playmakers, America’s Next Top Model, Honey, Big Fat Liar and Sportscenter.
AmpLive feat. Trackademicks & Mr. Micro – “Gary is a Robot”: