A virtual rapper by the name of FN Meka has reportedly signed a deal with Capitol Records. It is powered by artificial intelligence.
Here’s everything you need to know.
FN Meka becomes the first virtual rapper to work with AI after signing with Capitol Records
FN Meka, a ‘robot rapper’ has signed a deal with Capitol Records and will become the first virtual rapper to work with AI.
Music Business Worldwide published an article on August 17 revealing that a ‘robot rapper’ named FN Meka has signed a deal with Capitol Records.
The media publication further mentioned that FN Meka has also released a new single called Florida Water. The track also features RICO-indicted rapper Gunna and game streamer Clix.
Meanwhile, Turbo produced the song. He has previously worked with top rappers such as Travis Scott, Young Thug, and Lil Baby.
Also, during the song, FN Meka delivers flossy lyrics like, ‘Oh, put it on my tab/I don’t see the prices, throw it in my bag/Always in a stranger when I’m pissed/Clean water VVS diamonds bust down/Make it splash.’
According to the creations, the vocals in the song are performed by a real human although the lines are apparently generated through artificial intelligence.
@fnmeka Which car do I have next? #rollsroyce #supercar #rich ♬ Into The Thick Of It! – The Backyardigans
More about the ‘virtual’ agreement
Factory New, a virtual disc created FN Meka and was the first to ‘sign’ the robot rapper.
The company’s co-founder, Anthony Martini spoke about the process to MBW in 2021. Martini created FN Meka together with his partner Brandon Le.
Furthermore, Martini shared that the song is sung by a real human but everything else is generated by AI.
He explained, ‘Technically, FN Meka is voiced by a human. But everything else about him – from his lyrics to the chords and tempo that underpin his music – is based on AI.’
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♬ Florida Water – FN Meka & Gunna & Clix
Martini added, ‘From now on, a human voice performs the vocals. But we are working towards the ability for a computer to come up with and perform its own words – and even collaborate with other computers as “co-writers.”‘
Ryan Ruden, executive of Capitol Music Group gave his opinion on the recent partnership.
He said, ‘[It] meets at the intersection of music, technology and gaming culture. It’s just a preview of what’s to come.’
Meanwhile, FN Meka is quite popular on social networking sites even though he only launched his career a few years ago. He currently has over 10 million followers on TikTok with over a billion views on the video sharing platform.
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