Capitol Records dropped the AI rapper FN MEKA after people complained about racial stereotypes in his music.
Capitol Records has let go of the computer-generated rapper FN Meka less than two weeks after signing him.
FN Meka, who has more than 10 million followers on TikTok, has gotten a lot of criticism for stealing black culture and making fun of police brutality.
Some critics have called it "digital blackface." "CMG has cut ties with the FN MEKA Project as of right now," a Capitol Music Group representative said in a statement.
"We want to apologise to the black community for being insensitive when we signed off on this project without asking enough questions about equity and how it was made.
We'd like to thank everyone who gave us constructive feedback in the last few days. Your thoughts were very helpful when we decided to end our involvement with the project.
Coldplay, Sam Smith, Katy Perry, and Halsey are all signed to Capitol Records. It is owned by Universal Music Group, which is the leader in its field.
Anthony Martini and Brandon Le, who started the "virtual record label" Factory New with each other, worked together to make Meka. The company uses
artificial intelligence to study popular music and make songs. It also uses augmented reality to make content for Meka's TikTok. Martini told Music Business Worldwide in 2021,
"We've created an AI technology that analyses popular songs in a certain genre and makes suggestions for the different parts of a song, such as the lyrics, chords, melody, tempo, sounds, etc."