Jay-Z explained to Funkmaster Flex and Mister Cee at New York City's Hot 97 radio station that in this song, he's taking aim at artists who use Auto-Tune as a crutch. He went on to elaborate about who he was not
getting at. Said the Brooklyn MC: "The guys who did it, did it great. T-Pain, he does great melodies. If you listen to Kanye, great melodies. If you listen to [West's] 'Say You Will
' or 'Heartless
,' great melodies. [Lil Wayne and T-Pain's] 'Lollipop
' was a fantastic melody. Everybody can't do it. Let them guys do it. They got their little niche, let's move on. That's just my opinion. I don't know if everybody feels the same way." Jay-Z concluded that his intention with the record was to "draw [a] line in the sand."