FN Meka, the digital rapper which became the world’s first AI Rapper to sign a major label deal last week has been dropped from the label now. Capitol Records has issued a statement following the backlash FN Meka received for using N-word.
“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.” — Capitol Records
FN Meka has over10 million followers on TikTok and has been steadily increasing in monthly following on popular streaming service Spotify since its collaboration with incarcerated Rapper Gunna titled ‘Florida Water’ was released. (The track is now officially removed from streaming services)
Many hip-hop fans slammed the signing of FN Meka after it was discovered that a white person was controlling the AI Rapper. “So the AI Rapper FN Meka is controlled by a white guy who repeatedly gets it to say the N-Word in its lyrics.” said one Hip-Hop account, another user replied, “I swear YT folks stay innovative with racism… dude done invented digital black face”.
I swear YT folks stay innovative with racism… dude done invented digital black face
— AR (@bymyselfar) August 23, 2022
The backlash wasn’t restricted to Twitter only as activist group Industry Blackout released a statement a few hours before Capitol Records dropped the Artificial Rapper from their roster. The statement called out the digital artist saying “This digital effigy is a careless abomination and disrespectful to real people who face real consequences” . They further draw comparisons of AI Rapper’s lyrics to Gunna’s lyrics stating that a real person can be put behind bars for such lyrics but your Artificial Rapper won’t.
Have you lost your FN minds? @capitolrecords @capitolmusic pic.twitter.com/TxbqDhJmv0
— Industry Blackout #IndustryBlackout (@industryblkout) August 23, 2022