Capitol Records is under fire after its virtual rapper FN Meka threw the N-word around like it’s nobody’s business.
The rapper, who is completely powered by artificial intelligence (AI), is a light-skinned robot sporting green dreads. It does not have a gender or another definitive phenotype, but following news that the computer generated rapper has signed with a major label, it has amassed over 10 million followers on TikTok.
While no race has been publicly assigned to the digital character, what has been revealed is that it was created by a white man by the name of Anthony Martini. “We’ve developed a proprietary AI technology that analyzes certain popular songs of a specified genre and generates recommendations for the various elements of song construction: lyrical content, chords, melody, tempo, sounds, etc.,” said Martini in an interview last year. “We then combine these elements to create the song.”
He also noted that a human voice performs the vocals, which is why the rapper’s use of the N-word is now the center of public scrutiny. Initially, FN Meka made headlines for being the “world’s first augmented reality – or ‘AR’ – artist” to sign with a major label.
“Stupid f**king precedent has been set,” wrote one Twitter user. “Attack on artists. Labels wanna be cheap and not have to pay real artists so they’re making bots [so] they can keep 100% profit. This s**t is gross. Not to mention saying n**ga? Why?” And if the robot’s use of the N-word isn’t enough, the AI artist also posted a police brutality scenario to its Instagram page, asking for the public’s advice on how to respond to the interaction. “POLICE BRUTALITY,” wrote FN Meka in a post on the now-private IG account. “What should I do? This guard keeps beating me w/ his BATON because I won’t snitch. I ain’t NO RAT. Life in prison is so depressing… I wish I could get out so I could start making music again.”
WHITE MUSIC EXECS LEFT IN A ROOM, UNSUPERVISED:
let’s create an artificial rapper who says the n word & simulates our deepest fetishes & fantasies about blackness & materialism & he will never get arrested unless we want him to which is a fun storyline let’s try that pic.twitter.com/9nDdqXdpbw
— karliehustle.nah (@THEkarliehustle) August 23, 2022
Check out the culture’s reactions to FN Meka below.
This AI rapper, FN Meka, is not only dumb, but feels a bit racist. It’s like AI blackface, black cosplay, minstrelsy https://t.co/WENxAb1Tua
— Grio Papi (@ThatBoyGetsIt) August 23, 2022
I do feel like the point w/ FN Meka is gonna get lost in the n word shit, even if it wasn’t saying the n word it’s still so wrong and racist
— 🇩🇲Khari🇩🇲 (@KhariTroyce) August 23, 2022
The creator of @fn_meka IS A CORNBALL. How you create a Black meta verse avi to rap just to say the N word? 😂 Somebody slap dude.
— Gustavo Gatsby 🇨🇴 (@GustavoGatsby) August 23, 2022
FN Meka is an AI generated rapper, it already has a record deal with a major label and 500k monthly Spotify listeners, also uses the n word in its song.
Shut that thing down.
— log off & seek help (@sleekseesghosts) August 22, 2022
Music industry wanna use the N word so bad they signed FN Meka. Someone turn the power off at Captital Records. Ai robots are signing their own kind😂
— Sorry (@HazTweetz) August 23, 2022
No. He didn’t. FN Meka got the deal. That yt boy is his manager. They refuse to promote his yt ass saying the n word so they created this with ADVANCED COMPUTER AI with info taken from who knows where and how much just to have an excuse not to pay rappers worth
— GITM (@KGITM) August 23, 2022
Where’s the cancel campaign for this @fn_meka FUCK!.Ain’t nobody give ur binary code ass no pass for the N word. Fuck you IBM and Bill gates, idk what they got to do with it, but fuck ya
— Stone Floe (@FlowSke) August 23, 2022
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