Ice Cube, also known as O’Shea Jackson Sr., has expressed his disapproval of the growing popularity of AI-generated music.
During an appearance on the “Full Send Podcast,” the rapper voiced his concerns, referring to AI-generated music as “demonic.”
When the host, Kyle Foregeard, asked him about the surge in AI-generated songs, Ice Cube responded, “I think AI is demonic. I think AI is going to face a backlash from real people.”
He continued, stating, “I don’t wanna hear an AI Drake song. He should sue whoever made it.”
Ice Cube emphasized his intention to take legal action against “the people and the platform” responsible for creating and distributing AI-generated music in his style. He insisted, “Someone cannot manipulate your original voice without compensating you.”
The debate surrounding the ethics of AI-generated content gained momentum after a song in the style of Drake and the Weeknd went viral last month. This incident prompted discussions among musicians, with some, including Drake himself, criticizing the practice.
Frank Ocean fans were recently deceived into spending huge amounts of money on “leaked tracks” that turned out to be AI-generated according to a report by Motherboard.
Grimes, the rapper, unveiled Elf. Tech earlier this month. This AI software enables users to create music in their voice and style. Artists who agree to share royalties with the singer can release the music commercially.
To protect artists from unwarranted imitation, major record labels and streaming platforms, as reported by the FT, have plans to eradicate AI-generated content.
In a separate article, the FT revealed that Spotify had removed thousands of songs produced using the AI startup Boomy, which offered users the opportunity to earn royalties from streams.