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Are These Autotuned Trump Songs Better Than The Originals?

Autotune the news returns

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Remember Autotune The News?

It was a trend that gave us the Bed Intruder Song and the theme song to "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."

Autotune The News may have largely gone out of fashion, but the style has taken on new life on social media with one user's videos of President Trump. Chaouch Zakaria, aka Maestroziikos, makes covers of popular songs pieced together with autotuned pieces of sound found on TV, computers, or even office supply cabinets. Some of his videos eschew politics in favor of using Siri or the Windows error message as raw materials for songs.

A week after the 2016 election, he published his first Trump song, a cover of Justin Beiber's "Baby."

Chaouch told BuzzFeed News he's inspired by the original Autotune the News videos and that one video takes him nearly 50 hours of work to make.

Let's compare Maestroziikos' songs to the originals. Here's his Trump version of Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do."

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And here's the original:

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  1. So what do you think??

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    The original was trash. I like this way more.
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    The autotuned version is my new president
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    Don't like the autotuned version, but I didn't like the original either.
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    Taylor is queen, I didn't even listen to the autotuned version because that would disrespect her.
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Let's make sure we get a statistically significant sample. Here's Maestroziikos' Trump version of "Despacito":

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And the original, although if you haven't heard this song by now...

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  1. What's your take??

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    I had the lyrics to the original Despacito tattooed on my toes. I'll never stop loving it. Sorry autotuned Trump.
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    I voted for the autotuned version in the 2018 primaries. It's that good.
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    I never want to hear "Despacito" in any form ever again
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    I like them both, time to dance.
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One more. Here's Trump on the Maestroziikos track with "2U" by David Guetta featuring Justin Beiber.

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    Only listening to the autotuned version from now on
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    I like the Beibs version, though I wouldn't tell anyone that irl
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    Love them both equally like the shining unicorns they are
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    Hate 'em both, throw all the autotune in the trash
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Blake Montgomery is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco.

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