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Drake responds to AI-generated cover of him rapping Ice Spice song

The musician calls the AI-generated cover of him ‘the final straw.’

The musician calls the AI-generated cover of him ‘the final straw.’
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Drake has seemingly had enough of the AI-generated song trend. On Friday, the artist took to Instagram to voice his opinion on using artificial intelligence software to generate fake covers of an artist.

Recently an AI-generated cover of Drake rapping Ice Spice’s hit song ‘Munch’ has been circulating, and Drake wants nothing to do with it. Despite being a fan of Ice Spice, the rapper isn’t fond of the ‘Munch’ cover.

“This is the last straw,” he wrote on his story, along with a post about the AI clip. Drake’s reaction aligns with recent reports that Universal Music Group demanded that Spotify and all music streaming platforms block AI versions of their artists and their copyrighted songs.

Removing AI-generated content from streaming platforms

UMG controls about a third of the global music market, including Drake. AI-generated songs have been popping up on streaming services and UMG has been sending take-down requests “left and right”, according to Financial Times.

“We will not hesitate to take steps to protect our rights and those of our artists,” UMG wrote in an email to online platforms in March.

“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,” a statement from UMG reads.

How easy is it to make AI-Generated tracks?

AI-generated tracks are relatively easy to make. A website called drayk.it allowed users to enter a prompt and receive a clip that sounded like the Canadian rapper.

The website was shut down a few months ago, but several similar AI websites and apps still exist. A YouTube page titled ‘PluggingAI’ is known for its AI-generated tracks including Kanye West singing Katy Perry songs and SZA songs.