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  /  08.23.2022

FN Meka, an AI rapper signed to Capitol Records two weeks ago, has been dropped. The record label has also apologized to the Black community for the promotion of the artist that critics said was “appropriative” and included “slurs infused in lyrics.”

The company said, “We offer our deepest apologies to the Black community for our insensitivity in signing this project without asking enough questions about equity and the creative process behind it. We thank those who have reached out to us with constructive feedback in the past couple of days — your input was invaluable as we came to the decision to end our association with the project.”

FN Meka was created by the company Factory New, which described itself as a “first of its kind, next-generation music company, specializing in virtual beings.”

In response to Capitol Records dropping him, Industry Blackout has released a statement. Earlier today (Aug. 23), the organization sent an open letter to the music label asking that the artist and label end their partnership.

“We feel it it is a great victory that Capitol Records terminated their contract with FN Meka, however, the fact this happened to begin with shows how much work is still ahead of us,” the statement reads. “We’re glad the people amplified our voices to be heard so quickly on a Black issue and that our action led to results. This should set a precedent that shows how Black and brown voices can unify behind issues and get things done.”

The company continued, “There was a great opportunity to do something innovative with hip hop and tech. Tech should be used to amplify the culture and there’s still a chance to do so — the right way. At the end of the day, we’ve been about the people since inception and continue to focus on our community. At every turn we will stand up when needed.”

 

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