Drake Calls AI-Created ‘Munch’ Vocals ‘The Final Straw’ As Universal Music Group Slams The Technology
As artificial intelligence (AI) programs become more accessible and well-known, this technological phenomenon has faced opposition within the music industry.
Specifically, the Financial Times reports that Universal Music Group (UMG) is calling on streaming services to straight-up block AI companies from using copyrighted materials to “train” themselves, as this information is used to create new, unauthorized versions of mainstream bops.
And it looks like Drake isn’t a huge fan of the technology, either! He spoke out on his social media about the voice rip-off after The Shade Room reported Universal’s call to action.
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Drake Recently Spoke Out Against AI-Created 'Munch' Track: 'This The Final Straw'
Drake re-shared the upload on his IG Story and added, “This the final straw, AI.” Oop!
Drake said “Final Straw” lmaooo pic.twitter.com/83h3zRaAov
— The 10pc. Killa (@MeezyBlvd) April 14, 2023
UMG Is 'Aware' Of The Threat AI Poses To Artists & Copyrighted Material
Reportedly, UMG execs “have become aware that certain AI systems might have been trained on copyrighted content without obtaining the required consent forms, or paying compensation to the rightsholders who own or produce the content.”
As a result, the company notes that it has “a moral and commercial responsibility” to intervene. In fact, UMG wants streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify to “prevent their services from being used in ways that harm artists.”
“We have a moral and commercial responsibility to our artists to work to prevent the unauthorized use of their music and to stop platforms from ingesting content that violates the rights of artists and other creators. We expect our platform partners will want to prevent their services from being used in ways that harm artists.”
Keke Palmer Gave A Shoutout To AI-Created Tracks Featuring Rihanna
UMG’s statement definitely isn’t coming out of the blue, as numerous tracks have surfaced online that feature stars singing other artists’ hits.
Humorously, one AI-generated bop featured Drake rapping “Munch” by Ice Spice.
On top of Drake rapping “Munch,” some other AI-generated bops feature Rihanna singing “Cuff It” by Beyoncé, Travis Scott taking on Pop Smoke‘s “For the Night,” and Kanye West singing “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber.
In fact, Keke Palmer went as far as to proclaim, “That Rihanna AI is eating y’all songs up.”
With the “Rihanna AI” taking on songs from artists like Drake, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Lana Del Rey, SZA, Omi, and Tems, there are definitely a plethora of options for fans to check out!