FN Meka is an AI rapper that was signed to Capitol Records two weeks ago. After racist lyrics and depictions of police brutality were discovered the bot was quickly dropped. Are computer-generated artists set to become an industry staple?
You may remember we wrote about AI voice technology that can mimic famous artists such as Eminem, Nirvana, and Kanye West early last year.
As deep fake robotics continue to make strides into the mainstream we’re slowly seeing new digital art, NFTs, crypto, and automated creative assets pop up in all sorts of industries. One of the most affected is the music industry.
The latest deep fake-esque technology making headlines is the artificial rapper alias ‘FN Meka’, an avatar that only exists digitally but acts and operates like a genuine human artist.
FN Meka describes itself as the ‘world’s biggest AR rapper’ that ‘rides on the ambiguity of the blurred lines between humans and computers’. The character’s profile and image is entirely computer generated and the lyrical content of each song is supposedly orchestrated by an algorithm.
All good so far, right?
Capitol Records signed FN Meka just two weeks ago like any other, human act. That decision was quickly reversed, however, after it was discovered that the ‘rapper’ had created racist lyrics and perpetuated stereotypes of police brutality against the Black community.