Less than two weeks after adding the computer-generated rap artist to their roster, Capitol Records broke up with AI rapper FN Meka.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Capitol Records steps down from AI rapper project
Capitol Records recently announced that they are leaving virtual rapper FN Meka.
The decision was made after FN Meka was criticized for racist stereotypes. He was accused of appropriating the black community. Moreover, he claimed to have ridiculed the police brutality.
A major record label official issued a statement on Tuesday to confirm the news.
They wrote that ‘CMG had broken ties with the FN Meka project and went into effect immediately.’
The Capitol Music Group further added: ‘We deeply apologize to the black community for not asking enough questions about equity and the creative process behind it and being insensitive to signing this project.’
‘Thank you to everyone who has provided constructive feedback over the past few days. Your comments are very important as we have decided to end our relationship with the project.’
Why did AI rapper FN Mecha become a hot topic?
Certain music fans accused FN Meka of stealing money from the black community after Capitol announced that it had signed a contract with an AI rapper.
A social media user shared a picture on the internet of FN Meka being beaten by a virtual police officer in prison.
The virtual rapper said, ‘This guard keeps beating me with his baton because I’m not going to snitch. i’m not a rat Life in prison is so depressing.’
Industry Blackout also addressed this issue on Tuesday.
update! Capitol Records has officially stopped the “Artificial Intelligence Rapper” FN Meka after several days of backlash. This is the fastest rapper ever to be removed from the label. pic.twitter.com/budap1LIz
– Kimchi! 👄🧀 (@SaycheeseDGTL) August 23, 2022
They shared, ‘This digital doll is careless, abominable and rude to real people who face real consequences in real life.’
The collective also said, ‘For example, the black artist Gunna featured in the song is currently in custody for rapping the same type of lyrics that this robot mimics. The difference is that your artificial wrapper is not subject to federal rates for such things.’
The group also asked social media users to share the black square following the murder of George Floyd previously.
On the other hand, one netizen commented, “AI rapper is a natural progression of digital blackface that I have been talking about for years.”
The second user said, ‘fn Meka literally has no nuances’.