After landing a sought-after recording deal with Capitol Records, artificial intelligence-powered musician FN Meka has been stirring up a commotion online. On TikTok, the rapper has over 10 million fans and has already worked with Gunna on the song “Florida Water,” which is his first hit.
Meka undoubtedly has a large following on social media, but the majority of people still aren’t sure how they feel about the AI-driven artist. Earlier in 2021, co-creator Anthony Martini and his Factory New colleague Brandon Le told Music Business Worldwide in an interview that they believe conventional A&R is “inefficient and unreliable.”
“We’ve developed a proprietary AI technology that analyzes certain popular songs of a specified genre and generates recommendations for the various elements of song construction: lyrical content, chords, melody, tempo, sounds, etc.,” he explained last year. “We then combine these elements to create the song.”
Martini stated that during the time, “a human voice performs the vocals, but we are working towards the ability to have a computer come up with and perform its own words – and even collaborate with other computers as ‘co-writers.'”
One of the main reasons FN Meka is receiving so much criticism is because more and more Black innovators are complaining about not being given enough credit for their work and the trends it spawned.