Capitol Records drops AI rapper FN Meka amid social media outrage
Capitol Records has cut ties with AI rapper FN Meka less than two weeks after adding the computer-generated rap artist to their roster.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Capitol Records is walking away from the rapper’s AI project
Capitol Records recently announced that they will drop virtual rapper FN Mek.
The decision comes after FN Meka received criticism for its racist stereotypes. He came under fire for appropriating the black community. In addition, he allegedly mocked police brutality.
A representative for the major record company released a statement on Tuesday to confirm the news.
They wrote: “CMG has severed ties with the FN Meka project with immediate effect.”
Capitol Music Group added: “We offer our deepest apologies to the black community for our insensitivity in signing this project without asking enough questions about the fairness and creative process behind it.”
Additionally, they said, “Thank you to those who have reached out to us with constructive feedback over the past few days. Your input was invaluable as we decided to end our association with the project.”
Why did AI rapper FN Meka come under fire?
Some music fans have accused FN Mek of stealing from the black community after Capitol announced that he had signed the AI rapper.
A social media user shared an image on the Internet that shows FN Meka being beaten by a virtual police officer in prison.
The virtual rapper captioned the post with a caption that read: “The guard keeps beating me with the baton because I won’t snap it. I’m not a rat. Life in prison is so depressing.’
In addition, Industry Blackout also addressed the problem on Tuesday.
UPDATE! Capitol Records has officially dropped “Artificial Intelligence Rapper” FN Meka after several days of backlash. This is the fastest rapper ever to drop from a label. pic.twitter.com/bQudap1LIz
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They shared: “This digital effigy is a careless abomination and disrespectful to real people facing real real life consequences.”
The collective further stated, “For example, Gunna, the black artist featured in the song, is currently incarcerated for rapping the same type of lyrics that this bot mimics. The difference is that your artificial rapper will not be subject to federal charges for it.”
In addition, the group has previously asked social media users to share black squares due to the murder of George Floyd.
Meanwhile, one user commented: ‘The AI rapper is a natural evolution of the digital blackface I’ve been talking about for years.’
Another user said: ‘fn Meka is literally just blackface but there’s no nuance.’
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