Drake Denounces AI-Generated Version of Himself
Artificial intelligence technology has made headlines once again. This time for creating a digital clone of Drake’s voice to cover Ice Spice’s hit song, “Munch (Feelin’ U)”. Although the AI-generated version of Drake rapping saucy and confident lyrics like “N-gga a eater, he ate it for lunch/Bitch, I’m a baddie, I get what I want” was entertaining for fans, it wasn’t received well by the OVO Sound boss himself.
After seeing the viral clip on The Shade Room’s Instagram page. Drake shared his disappointment on his Instagram Stories, writing, “This the final straw AI.” This latest incident raises concerns about AI in the music industry, prompting Universal Music Group to request that major streaming services, such as Spotify and Apple Music, block AI platforms from using their music to “train” their technology.
AI DOESN’T PROTECT THE ARTIST
Young Guru, JAY-Z’s longtime engineer, also expressed concern earlier this year, warning about the potential legal and ethical implications of people having their voices cloned by artificial intelligence. He called for changes in the law to protect everyone, not just public figures.
While Drake may not appreciate hearing an AI version of himself perform “Munch (Feelin’ U)”. Drake has been supportive of Ice Spice’s rise to fame. Sending her a DM praising her talents and inviting her to his October’s Very Own Festival. Although their relationship hit a rough patch. Drake allegedly unfollowed Ice Spice on Instagram and subliminally dissed her in a song. Since then they patched things up.
While AI-generated music can be entertaining. It raises serious ethical and legal questions that the industry must address. As for Drake, he remains one of the biggest names in music, but he draws the line at AI-generated versions of his voice.
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